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Energy Saving Tips - For Homes

Easy low-cost and no-cost ways to save energy.

  • Install a programmable thermostat to lower utility bills and manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently.
  • Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher's drying cycle.
  • Turn things off when you are not in the room such as lights, TVs, entertainment systems, and your computer and monitor.
  • Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use -- TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power.
  • Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F.
  • Take short showers instead of baths and use low-flow showerheads for additional energy savings.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
  • Air dry clothes.
  • Check to see that windows and doors are closed when heating or cooling your home.
  • Drive sensibly; aggressive driving such as speeding, and rapid acceleration and braking, wastes fuel.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on light bulbs, home appliances, electronics, and other products. ENERGY STAR 


BEST to offer power-saving tubelights to 20,000 homes

Hoping to get citizens to save power, the BrihanMumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) committee will be offering energy-saving tubelights at subsidised rates to 20,000 homes and 5,000 commercial outlets in the city.

The committee, on Tuesday, received approval from the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) for its pilot project to replace old tubelights with energy-saving ones.


Residents will get a subsidy of Rs. 200 per tubelight, which means you will have to pay Rs. 407 apiece that originally costs Rs607. For commercial houses, there will be a subsidy of Rs150 per tubelight.


“We came up with the scheme to encourage people to switch from old appliances to energy-saving devices as they consume less power and help save energy,” said Om Prakash Gupta, general manager, BEST.


The committee has allotted Rs1.20 crore for the project which includes replacing tubelight, fans and air conditioners. The initiative will, however, begin with tubelights, for which Rs. 47.5 lakh has been allotted.


Each of the 20,000 households will get two subsidised tubelights, while each of the 5,000 commercial houses will get five subsidised tubelights.


“It is not mandatory for people to avail of energy-saving appliances. But, it will help decrease their power bills. The project will take off from mid-March,” Gupta said.


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Hindustan times