Energy-efficient appliances can save up to 60% energy consumed at home and bring down your yearly electricity bill drastically. So you can save money and the environment all at the same time with this easy, simple step.
First, what is energy efficiency?
In simple words, it means using less energy to provide the same service. Technology has made it possible for appliances to use less and less electricity to provide the same result. Case in point: LED bulbs. They use 5-10 watts of electricity that a conventional bulb uses 60-100 watts for.
In Indian, BEE or Bureau of Energy Efficiency has a labelling system that applies to Air Conditioners, Washing Machines, TVs, Laptops, Geysers, Refrigerators and many more.
Every few years the BEE rating drops by 2 stars. For instance, a 5-star rating given to an air conditioner in 2016 is actually 3 star in the year 2018. Make sure that the rating has been given in the year that you are making the purchase.
You can save Rs 3000 per year (or more depending on the price of an electricity unit in your state) by choosing 5 Star Rated Air Conditioners as opposed to a lower rated one.
Fixed speed air conditioners were the most common until about last year. In a fixed speed AC, when the thermostat reaches the temperature level set by you, it would switch off the compressor. After a while, as the temp rises, it switches on again. Essentially, the compressor is either off or on. When it is on, it works at full capacity.
Inverter ACs or variable speed have a completely different functioning. It works like an accelerator in a car - when compressor needs more power, it gives it more power, when it needs less, it gives less. The compressor is always on but draws power depending on the temperature level set. The compressor not switching off may seem like an inefficient option, but on the contrary, inverter ACs consumer as much as 10% less energy compared to a fixed speed AC.
If your usage is more than 8 hrs a day, inverter ACs are significantly less power consuming. Here is an analysis of power consumption of Inverter vs Fixed speed
Find out which air-conditioner is best suited to your requirements using our Air Conditioner Selection Page here.
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