Home Electricity Footprint (Webinar)

The webinar “Home Electricity Footprint” was aimed at creating awareness about household electricity consumption and opportunities to reduce the same. It was organized in partnership with Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency.

The webinar was started by moderator and tone of the webinar was set by Mr. Rahul Raju Dusa, senior expert-energy efficiency UNEP DTU partnership. He spoke about the work being carried out by UNEP DTU partnership and Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency and why they have partnered with TERI for organizing this webinar. Mr Rahul mentioned that children are going to be the major energy consumers in the future and they need to understand the key environmental and energy related issues within their region to become informed decision makers.

The webinar was designed to meet the level of understanding of students from class 6 onwards. The content of webinar was split into three parts;
Part I: Basics of electric energy
Part II: Power consumption by different household appliances
Part III: Energy saving opportunities in household appliances.

In part-1 the participants were presented with the basics of electric energy such as definition energy and power by also illustrating their differences with respect to their units (kW, kWh) and their application. It also included details about different forms of energy and components of electric energy.

In part-2, the participants got glimpse of power consumption by different household appliances which include:

  • Lighting appliances – Fluorescent tube light, incandescent bulb, LED tube light, LED bulb, CFL bulb and night bulb;
  • Kitchen appliances – Refrigerators, rice cooker, bread toaster and electric water kettle;
  • Entertainment appliances – Laptop, television and Wi-Fi router;
  • Heating & cooling appliances – Air conditioner, fan and electric water heater;
  • Cleaning appliances – Vacuum cleaner, washing machine and electric iron and
  • Other appliances – Printer and water pump.

Apart from this, participants also learnt the importance of “Tag Detail or Product Brochure” to know actual power consumption by electrical appliances. Once the details on actual power consumption was explained to the participants, the presentation focused on providing simple methodologies to the participants to calculate the monthly electrical energy consumption by individual appliances. The webinar covered one of the most essential points, i.e. understanding and analysing the electricity bill, which plays vital role in knowing ones expenditure on electricity.

In part – 3, the main focus was on energy saving methodologies which are straight forward and easy to follow by individuals at home. In webinar the energy saving opportunities were divided into three categories,

  1. Proper utilization of electrical appliances,
  2. Technology upgradation
  3. Energy saving by reducing standby power consumption.

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