The Government of India has come up with a new interesting law. Check this.
With just this one law a lot of the energy efficiency battles will be half managed. But there’s a danger inherent.
It could be a red herring unless other related energy efficiency measures are likewise followed, such as, getting rid of over-ride control features that enable consumers to set and hold lower A/C temperatures.
Where it’s centrally air-conditioned — which is the most energy-consuming segment, and not the split or Window ACs — there has to be improved building insulation to keep the cold in and the heat out. It needs improved ducting design to optimize air flows, reduce ‘exfiltration’ of cooler air outside and infiltration of warm air. There are several other load management features that any energy manager or Watergy CP will outline in detail.
When will we realise that delivering energy efficiency does not lie only in imposing gadgetry controls but in adopting an integrated approach - not the least being a utility driven demand response program?
Just a note for those interested in history and public figures. When Singaporean legendary Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew was once asked: Why don’t we mandate the raising of A/C thermostat temperatures to 74°F (approximately 23.33°C), he famously replied, “Singapore did not and will not conserve its way to greatness.” That holds a lesson for any city. Governments will not do things to save the planet. Nor will people unless they’re told to.