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Split or Window which air conditioner should you buy?

By on May 7, 2019
Split or Window which air conditioner should you buy?
Should I buy a split air conditioner or a window air conditioner? This is a question that many air conditioner buyers thinks of, before making a purchase. And we keep getting this question quite regularly at Bijli Bachao. It is not just about split or window, but about a whole lot of things that should be considered while buying an air conditioner.  Air Conditioner is an appliance that can significantly blow up your electricity bills and utmost care should be taken

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Turning Green – Bijli Bachao case study – Abhishek Jain

By on April 26, 2018
Turning Green – Bijli Bachao case study – Abhishek Jain
Four years back when I was moving back to India, I had one thing on my mind: will I get the comforts that I had in the US. After coming back we had to buy appliances for our home. Luckily for us, while buying, two kinds of thought processes were working with each other: one was mine, which wanted all the comforts and another was my wife’s, which was also concerned about energy. We came back in December 2008 and initially our electricity bills were between Rs 1800

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Room Heater in India: heating as expensive as cooling

By on December 20, 2019
Room Heater in India: heating as expensive as cooling
Most places in North India experience extreme climates during summers and winters. Summers are extremely hot and winters are extreme cold. This makes it important to have both air conditioners as well as room heaters. It’s a common knowledge that air conditioners consume a lot of electricity and cause increase in electricity bills. But in northern India electricity bills due to heating in winters can be as high as that for cooling and in fact can be more. A recent

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BEE 5 Star Rated Ceiling Fans: Myths And Realities

By on September 3, 2017
BEE 5 Star Rated Ceiling Fans: Myths And Realities
When we were setting up our house and were looking for electrical appliances to buy, our contractor, who was working on the electrical work, told us not to buy BEE 5 star ceiling fans. The reason he gave us was that there was complaints that BEE 5 star rated ceiling fans do not give good air delivery. We looked around for some data and agreed to what he was saying and installed a regular ceiling fan. Three years later (last week) we decided to give them a try and got

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Turning Green – Bijli Bachao case study – Mr. Amit Garg

By on August 27, 2015
Turning Green – Bijli Bachao case study – Mr. Amit Garg
We recently started doing energy audits at some homes in Mumbai and we started it with some of our friends. We had interesting observations during the audits and we thought of adding them to our “Turning Green” case studies. We did assessment of the latest electricity bills of these homes and also tried assessing the appliances and their electricity consumption. In this article we will present the assessment of Mr. Amit Garg from Mumbai. Assessment of

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Turning Green – Bijli Bachao case study – Mr Vedang Bakshi

By on April 26, 2018
Turning Green – Bijli Bachao case study – Mr Vedang Bakshi
As we have started getting feedback from people whom we helped reducing electricity bills, we thought of starting a new series of articles called “Turning Green”. In this series we will present case studies of certain houses, with their electricity consumption in the past, changes made to reduce consumption, investment made and the final outcome in number of units. First in this series is Mr Vedang Bakshi from Nagpur with whom we started interacting in Aug 2012.

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Powerstrips or Surge Protector can help cut standby power or vampire power

By on January 31, 2020
Powerstrips or Surge Protector can help cut standby power or vampire power
How would you feel if you have to pay for something that you didn’t even use? Most people will feel bad unless they have a lot of money that they don’t care about. Paying for standby power or vampire power is one such thing. In one of our previous article (Switch off the Plug Point) we talked about standby power. Standby power or vampire power is the “electricity” that you do

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Solar Water Heater Systems in India – how they can help save on electricity bills

By on January 31, 2020
Solar Water Heater Systems in India – how they can help save on electricity bills
Solar Water Heaters are becoming quite popular these days. Through a lot of government support, marketing and subsidies these products have come a long way in India. They have become quite affordable now and many people have started adopting solar water heaters for their water heating needs. Many big brands have now started making (& selling) solar water heaters in India. And some of them are also available online on e-commerce platforms. In India, heated water

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Choose the right sized water heater/geyser for electricity saving

By on April 22, 2016
Choose the right sized water heater/geyser for electricity saving
Planning to buy a new water heater/geyser and confused with the options available and sizes available? If yes then you are not alone, there are many people who face the same situation while buying a water heater. While buying a water heater one has to make sure that it not just suffices the need of the family but also does not increase electricity bills (or units consumed) significantly. People might look at the wattage of the water heater to determine the amount of

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Understand Time of Day (TOD)/Time of Use (TOU) tariff structure and how it impacts customers

By on April 22, 2016
Understand Time of Day (TOD)/Time of Use (TOU) tariff structure and how it impacts customers
In India, Time of Day (TOD) tariff that was used mostly for industrial sector is now slowly being introduced for commercial sector as well. Recent news articles in some of the leading newspapers in India suggest that utilities are contemplating implementing time of day tariff for commercial customers (along with the industrial customers in State where it has not been introduced so far). Some states have already implemented it and others are planning. And as the demand

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