Save electricity.
Save money. Save Earth.

Here are a few tips that will help save you money and be an Earth Saver

Save electricity.
Save money.
Save Earth.

Here are a few tips that will help save you money and be an Earth Saver

Small tips - Big wins!

Some generic tips on some small tips that go a long way in cutting down your electricity costs and consumption
 Heating

 Set thermostat on geysers to medium or around 55 deg C
 Use less Geyser for less than 20 mins per person in household
 Use hot water and dryer option on washing machine only when needed. Sun dry your clothes.

 Cooling

 Set AC temp at 24 deg C along and the fan at a low speed
 Set temp to minimum in refrigerator in all months except peak summer.

 Devices

 Replace electrical equipment that is old and has high usage. For example fans that are over 10 years old
 Replace old devices with energy efficient ones with a 5-star rating.
 Heating
 Set thermostat on geysers to medium or around 55 deg C

 Use less Geyser for less than 20 mins per person in household

 Use hot water and dryer option on washing machine only when needed. Sun dry your clothes.

 Cooling
 Set AC temp at 24 deg C along and the fan at a low speed

 Set temp to minimum in refrigerator in all months except peak summer.

 Devices
 Replace electrical equipment that is old and has high usage. For example fans that are over 10 years old

 Replace old devices with energy efficient ones with a 5-star rating.
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Vidyutrakshaka a citizen initiative for saving electricity in households
Much of the expected benefits from demand side energy efficiency interventions are determined by end-user behaviour. Yet, the behaviour dimension of energy use and consequently the actual impact of efficiency programs is least understood globally. In India too there is limited empirical research done to understand how households use electricity and motivating factors for people to conserve or use energy efficiently. Conceptualized as a citizen-led program to reduce electricity consumption in Bangalore, VidyutRakshaka (VR) was able to demonstrate a 16% reduction in monthly electricity consumption of about half of the participating households in a pilot over a period of six months. Analysis based on historical consumption trends shows that VR is able to shift households with increasing consumption trend to saving electricity. VR primarily worked by creating awareness, conducting energy consumption assessments, providing customized recommendations to save primarily through behaviour change followed by switch to efficiency measures...
   by Sumathy Krishnan, Ravichandran, Ayushya Khanna, Balaji Rao, Sumedha Malaviya
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Saving electricity, one consumer at a time Lessons from Vidyut Rakshaka, a consumer-focused energy conservation and energy efficiency initiative
This paper provides long-term field evidence from Bangalore on a possible low investment pathway for demand side management by enabling household consumers to take control of their electricity consumption. Conceptualized as a citizen-led program, 'VidyutRakshaka' aims to reduce electricity consumption of residential consumers in Bangalore. The strategy adopted is to provide nudges to consumers for behavior change along with recommendations to adopt energy efficiency. VidyutRakshaka is implemented by creating awareness, conducting surveys with voluntary participants, providing customized reports with social and monetary nudges. Analysis of consumption indicates a cumulative average savings of 22% for about 48% of the participants
   by Ravichandran, Sumathy Krishnan, Santhosh Cibi, Sumedha Malaviya
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 Publication
Understanding Electricity Consumption and Appliance Ownership in two cities of South India
Residential electricity consumption in India has grown rapidly since 2000. With growing population and rapid urbanization, many studies have projected five to six times increase in consumption by 2030 under business-as-usual scenario. Electricity sector alone accounts for about 40% of India's total GHG emission, predominantly CO2. Government has initiated various policy measures and schemes for promoting demand side management and efficient appliances. However, establishing ground level baseline and acquiring data-based evidence to validate these interventions is a challenge, particularly considering the very low penetration of smart meters. To complicate things, human behaviour aspects influencing decision on purchase of efficient appliances or generally determining conservation attitude is not easy to capture. VidyutRakshaka program was conceptualized to address some of these gaps and to provide field-based evidence. Based on household electricity data from two cities, obtained through consumer-focused residential electricity conservation program VidyutRakshaka (VR), this paper will cover: (1) Presenting trends in consumption patterns within the city and across cities of Bangalore and Chennai and (2) Correlation of electrical appliance ownership with consumption disaggregated by size of the house. We believe that this analysis using ground-level data will benefit researchers and policy makers. It also provides inputs for strategizing interventions to meet our national goals on climate change and low carbon future.
   by Santhosh Cibi, Ravichandran K, Sumathy Krishnan, Sumedha Malaviya, Kiran B
   
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 Publication
Vidyutrakshaka a citizen initiative for saving electricity in households
Much of the expected benefits from demand side energy efficiency interventions are determined by end-user behaviour. Yet, the behaviour dimension of energy use and consequently the actual impact of efficiency programs is least understood globally. In India too there is limited empirical research done to understand how households use electricity and motivating factors for people to conserve or use energy efficiently. Conceptualized as a citizen-led program to reduce electricity consumption in Bangalore, VidyutRakshaka (VR) was able to demonstrate a 16% reduction in monthly electricity consumption of about half of the participating households in a pilot over a period of six months. Analysis based on historical consumption trends shows that VR is able to shift households with increasing consumption trend to saving electricity. VR primarily worked by creating awareness, conducting energy consumption assessments, providing customized recommendations to save primarily through behaviour change followed by switch to efficiency measures. Resources were provided to the participants to overcome key information barriers. To drive behaviour change, VR adopted a peer / neighbourhood benchmarking approach to drive positive influences. VR has demonstrated a successful demand side management initiative in electricity consumption. Its unique strengths are building capacity in local communities through one- on- one customized engagement and leveraging social / community influences. Our paper discusses the approach used under VR to engage with citizens, the data and the implications and strategies for a scale-up.
   by Sumathy Krishnan, Ravichandran, Ayushya Khanna, Balaji Rao, Sumedha Malaviya
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 Publication
Saving electricity, one consumer at a time Lessons from Vidyut Rakshaka, a consumer-focused energy conservation and energy efficiency initiative
This paper provides long-term field evidence from Bangalore on a possible low investment pathway for demand side management by enabling household consumers to take control of their electricity consumption. Conceptualized as a citizen-led program, 'VidyutRakshaka' aims to reduce electricity consumption of residential consumers in Bangalore. The strategy adopted is to provide nudges to consumers for behavior change along with recommendations to adopt energy efficiency. VidyutRakshaka is implemented by creating awareness, conducting surveys with voluntary participants, providing customized reports with social and monetary nudges. Analysis of consumption indicates a cumulative average savings of 22% for about 48% of the participants
   by Ravichandran, Sumathy Krishnan, Santhosh Cibi, Sumedha Malaviya
img1
 Publication
Understanding Electricity Consumption and Appliance Ownership in two cities of South India
Residential electricity consumption in India has grown rapidly since 2000. With growing population and rapid urbanization, many studies have projected five to six times increase in consumption by 2030 under business-as-usual scenario. Electricity sector alone accounts for about 40% of India's total GHG emission, predominantly CO2. Government has initiated various policy measures and schemes for promoting demand side management and efficient appliances. However, establishing ground level baseline and acquiring data-based evidence to validate these interventions is a challenge, particularly considering the very low penetration of smart meters. To complicate things, human behaviour aspects influencing decision on purchase of efficient appliances or generally determining conservation attitude is not easy to capture. VidyutRakshaka program was conceptualized to address some of these gaps and to provide field-based evidence. Based on household electricity data from two cities, obtained through consumer-focused residential electricity conservation program VidyutRakshaka (VR), this paper will cover: (1) Presenting trends in consumption patterns within the city and across cities of Bangalore and Chennai and (2) Correlation of electrical appliance ownership with consumption disaggregated by size of the house. We believe that this analysis using ground-level data will benefit researchers and policy makers. It also provides inputs for strategizing interventions to meet our national goals on climate change and low carbon future.
   by Santhosh Cibi, Ravichandran K, Sumathy Krishnan, Sumedha Malaviya, Kiran B
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