Electrical gadgets today are loaded with features and choices that not only exceed our need but also our understanding. Some of these interesting new features can be overwhelmingly good, compelling you to purchase them. However, it’s worth remembering that these gadgets are going to stay with you for years and while these features may get old eventually, there’s one important attribute that will benefit you for those years to come. This is the Energy Efficiency Rating of the gadget you buy. This will determine how much electricity it will consume and save.
The Energy Efficiency Rating System in India
In India, we follow the BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency) rating that was setup by our Government in 2002 under the provisions of Energy Conservation Act, 2001. It actively began rating appliances since 2006. It was a move to tackle climate change by reducing CO2 emission. The BEE has been creating policies and strategies to achieve energy efficiency since then.
The energy efficiency star rating on appliances like ACs, refrigerators and TVs emerged from this movement. Based on it, a Standards & Labelling Programme was created to inform the customer about the power saving capability of the appliance, which would not only help us cut CO2 emissions but also aid cost cutting on the electricity bill.
How do you save more with an energy efficient gadget?
Today a number of home appliances are equipped with this system. These include the AC, refrigerator, TV, gas stove, water heater, washing machine, LED lamp, microwave oven etc. These gadgets come with a label that highlights its energy efficiency through the star rating system. The more the stars, higher will be the power saving capability of the gadget.
Also, the more the stars, the mean higher the cost of the appliance. For instance, say a BEE-4 star rated 1.5-ton AC costs Rs 20,000 whereas a no-star rated 1.5-ton AC cost Rs 17,000. The ordinary AC will consume more units in comparison to the energy efficient one. This would increase the electricity bill, thus costing you more in the long run. Those few extra thousands you invest in buying a high star rated electrical gadget will be worth it.
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Understanding the BEE star label
All the star-ratings on appliances are based on the standards set by BEE. They design the testing and certification programme. Every manufacturer has to go through these procedures when they manufacture a product, to obtain the star certification. BEE also constantly redefines these standards so that as technology improves, manufactures make better and higher power saving appliances. For instance, a 250L refrigerator consuming 300 units was once rated 5-stars but in the subsequent years, the stars decreased because the energy saving potential of the refrigerator increased. Therefore, when buying and comparing two refrigerators, check not only the star rating but also the year on the label. Here is a list of things to check for when buying an energy saving appliance.
Higher the rating, more the energy it will save.
Because the energy saving potential will differ for products manufactured/imported/assembled in different years as the BEE standards change.
To be sure that the rating you see is BEE approved.
Units per year:
To calculate the annual power consumption so that you know a minimum of how many units that gadget will consume. Of course, the actual units will depend on your use.
The next time you go gadget shopping, remember to pick a high star rated one so that you can save more on your electricity bill and do the environment a little favour too in the bargain.
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