New Delhi: Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE), a responsible technical society aligned with government initiatives to conserve energy & protect the environment has taken a new initiative to promote a sustainable environment.
According to the initiative, the society has asked the people to increase their air conditioners temperature by one degree to help promote a greener and cleaner environment. Under this ‘One Degree Challenge,’ one can help in reducing carbon emissions.
According to the statistics gathered during the implementation of the One Degree Challenge, by increasing the temperature of the air conditioners, the participating citizens will directly help the environment and themselves.
By increasing the temperature by one degree, citizens would be saving 6% of energy consumption and 3.5 kW of energy. This further means that people would be directly impacting and contributing to lower energy consumption and higher energy efficiency.
Last year the bureau of energy efficiency had announced that citizens must endeavor to keep their air conditioners at 24°C to help improve the environmental condition. It further mentioned that by utilising such measures, the overall potential for energy conservation could be an estimated 20 billion units annually.
Some of the other data gathered during the implementation of the One Degree Challenge showed that while one person’s contribution alone will only create a small incremental shift in the carbon emission rate, if an entire city, state and the whole country also contributed and took up the challenge, the additional benefit (reduction in carbon emissions) would be in the millions of tonnes.