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What is Energy Efficiency and how is it different from Energy Conservation?

By on April 27, 2016
What is Energy Efficiency and how is it different from Energy Conservation?
While interacting with people we get these statements quite frequently: “Bijli Bachao! So you tell people to use less electricity and conserve it?” or “Your website has ideas on how to buy appliances, how does that relate to saving electricity?” The easiest way to save energy (or electricity) is to use less of it, but we have to be realistic in our approach. Our lifestyles are changing, and with increased pace of development, our need for appliances is increasing

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Innovative lighting solution that works without electricity

By on August 26, 2015
Innovative lighting solution that works without electricity
Being an engineer my mind always thinks of using science to solve practical problems. And when I used to think about lighting, I always used to think: why don’t we effectively use sunlight to light a room during the daytime? Why do we have to use electricity? When we were kids, while playing we used to use mirrors to reflect light on to each other. When I grew up I used to think of using such simple concepts to harness sun light to light a room during the day. And

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It is important to make right buying decision to save electricity

By on August 26, 2015
It is important to make right buying decision to save electricity
Technology is changing the face of the world. It is changing the way we do things and it simplifies our practical problems. In this age of technological improvements the number of gadgets that are available in market are increasing at a very fast pace. Owning a new gadget adds to the happiness quotient of many. Buying the latest technology or the biggest models makes many feel proud. But when the same increases the electricity bills, then there is a lot of heartburn.

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Measuring electricity consumption of home appliances and doing self audit

By on August 27, 2015
Measuring electricity consumption of home appliances and doing self audit
Knowing the electricity consumption of appliances is always the first step towards saving electricity. And before one starts a project to reduce electricity in home or office, it is very important to measure the electricity consumption of appliances. But the question comes, how do you measure the appliances? In this article we will tell you how we used a simple single phase meter to do some sample audits. We purchased a single phase energy meter for a nominal price

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Multi Split and Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems can help save electricity in offices

By on April 22, 2016
Multi Split and Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems can help save electricity in offices
Most offices or commercial spaces in the country these days have central air conditioning, with ducts and vents running across the office, taking cold air to all parts. Such systems make sure that every corner of the office is uniformly cool. But during our recent visit to an office, we observed that a lot of cool air is being wasted in cooling areas that do not require cooling. Some of those areas were unoccupied spaces and some were plain store and inventory rooms.

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Automated Lighting and Appliance control through sensors can help save electricity

By on August 8, 2017
Automated Lighting and Appliance control through sensors can help save electricity
Switching off lights and appliances is one of the best know ways to save electricity. But many a times we forget to switch them off when needed or we keep them on even when they are not needed. Most of the times this happens for convenience or because of forgetfulness. But we all know that this is increasing our electricity bills. In many cases the one who pays for the electricity bills is the one who is concerned about rising bills but the one using it does not care

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Replacing old or buying new, why a BEE 5 star rated refrigerator always makes sense

By on April 22, 2016
Replacing old or buying new, why a BEE 5 star rated refrigerator always makes sense
Since last few weeks we have started auditing some homes in Mumbai to get a feeling of different kind of appliances available in various homes and their consumption pattern. And one interesting fact that has come to our notice is that the refrigerators are the second biggest consumers of electricity in any home after air conditioners, that too if there is a significant use of air conditioners in that home. Else refrigerators are truly the biggest consumers. The observations

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Dishwashers: How much electricity do they use and how to use them efficiently?

By on April 22, 2016
Dishwashers: How much electricity do they use and how to use them efficiently?
Most stereotypical maids in old bollywood movies were always shown as those washing utensils with their hands. Cleaning, rinsing and drying utensils were and are still very commonly done with hands. But slowly and steadily dishwashers have started entering Indian kitchens. Many people in metros and big cities have started buying dishwashers to make every day cleaning of utensils more automated and reliable. As adding any other appliance adds to the electricity bills,

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Power Saver Devices or Capacitor Banks – do they really save electricity?

By on April 22, 2016
Power Saver Devices or Capacitor Banks – do they really save electricity?
Several times we come across devices that are sold and branded as power savers and claim to reduce significant amount in electricity bills. The questions that come in our minds at this stage is: Does it really save electricity? Is it legal? Can it work for my home or office or factory? The answers to these questions are very simple: Does it save electricity? Yes but only in certain cases. Is it legal? Absolutely. Can it work for my home or office or factory? Again

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What is Power Factor correction and how MDI (Maximum Demand Indicator) penalty can be avoided

By on April 22, 2016
What is Power Factor correction and how MDI (Maximum Demand Indicator) penalty can be avoided
If you are an office owner or a shop owner and you get electricity on a commercial connection with load more than 20kW, you would have heard of power factor penalty and/or demand charges. Have you ever wondered what does power factor penalty mean or what are demand charges? Have you ever paid something called as MDI (or Maximum Demand Indicator) Penalty?  These are the terms that are used in commercial connections in various part of our country but very few people

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