VIJAYAWADA: In view of the increase in energy consumption during summer, Andhra Pradesh State Energy Conservation Mission (APSECM), which is the designated energy conservation agency energy (EC) and energy efficiency (EE) in the state, called on people to implement the default temperature of air conditioners (AC) at 24 degrees Celsius to save substantial energy in commercial sectors and residential/building.
According to experts, lowering the temperature too much shortens the life of air conditioners and increases the monthly electricity bill, in addition to having harmful effects on the human body. The normal human body temperature is around 36 to 37 degrees Celsius, but in large commercial establishments, such as hotels, airports and offices, air conditioning operating personnel maintain a lower temperature of around 18 at 21 degrees Celsius for a cool environment. In fact, it’s unhealthy and uncomfortable too.
The effects of low AC temperature include breathing problems, stiff bones, headaches, dry eyes and skin, hypothermia, and high blood pressure. Experts say that the temperature up to 24 degrees Celsius is quite comfortable for the human body.
According to scientific data, we can save about 6% electricity with an increase in ambient temperature of 1 degree Celsius. Usually, the room temperature is set at 20-21 degrees Celsius, while the ideal temperature is 24-25 degrees Celsius. Considering a temperature increase of 20 to 24 degrees Celsius, will result in a saving of approximately 24% in electricity, which may help the Department of Energy achieve its goal of providing electricity to all 24 hour sectors.
According to Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) data, the current total installed air conditioner capacity of 80 million TR (tons of refrigeration) in the country could increase to 250 million TR within 10 years, which would lead to a total connected load of about 200 GW by 2030. About 20 billion units (worth Rs 10,000 crore) of energy can be saved per year if consumers set the default temperature of air conditioners at 24 degrees Celsius, APSECM officials said. According to a preliminary estimate, the current annual energy demand for air conditioners in Andhra Pradesh is about 3,000 MU, or about 5% of the state’s overall electricity consumption.
Keeping this in mind, APSECM called on consumers to set the default AC temperature to 24 degrees Celsius, which will minimize power consumption and help Discoms to fully meet electricity demand.
If a man uses 1.5 tons alternating current, he consumes about one unit of power per hour. One unit of power corresponds to approximately 0.98 kg of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions into the air. “If an air conditioner runs for 8-10 hours a day, it will release almost 10 kg of CO2 emissions, which is a major climate change challenge,” APSECM officials explained.
APSECM, in line with BEE guidelines, has raised awareness of the need for a default AC temperature setting of 24 degrees Celsius in all commercial and domestic establishments.
Also, he suggests the use of star rated AC which saves a considerable amount of electricity.
“We are not going to ask consumers to use less energy, but we are asking them to use energy more wisely for the benefit of themselves and society, which is the main objective of the energy conservation and efficiency.Turn off lights, fans and air conditioners when leaving the room.Some energy will be wasted if you do not turn off the TV even if you turn off the remote control after watching it. Also, be sure to completely unplug the charger or at least turn it off after charging your cell phone,” APSECM officials suggested.
20 billion units of energy worth 10,000 cr can be saved per year
According to Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) data, the current total installed air conditioner capacity of 80 million TR (tons of refrigeration) in the country could increase to 250 million TR within 10 years, which would lead to a total connected load of about 200 GW by 2030. About 20 billion units (worth Rs 10,000 crore) of energy can be saved per year if consumers set the default temperature of air conditioners at 24 degrees Celsius, APSECM officials explained.