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Government launches energy saving scheme

Thursday, 26 February 2009, 03:14 Hrs   |    30 Comments
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New Delhi: The government Wednesday launched Bachat Lamp Yojna, an energy scheme aimed at saving 10,000 MW of power in the next three years.

Under the scheme, the government would distribute less power consuming compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) at a price of 15 to replace existing bulbs.

"Just to add energy is not enough, saving energy also has to be high on agenda. As I have added, we will not only achieve the target of 90,000 MW by the end of the 11th plan period, but will also save around 10,000 MW," Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde told reporters here.

As a part of the initiative, the government will replace about 400 million bulbs with CFLs. In the first phase, it will provide 600,000 CFLs to Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and 500,000 CFLs to Yamunanagar in Haryana.

"Lighting accounts for 20 percent of the energy consumption. It's possible to enhance energy efficiency by 25 percent if we employ energy efficient measures in office buildings and households," Shinde said.

"The energy efficient technology itself provides investment opportunity of 56 billion (5,600 crore) and will save around 1.7 billion unit of electricity annually," he added.

The government on this occasion has given five-star rating to the Reserve Bank of India's Bhubaneswar building and four-star rating to the RBI building in New Delhi for applying energy-efficient measures.
Source: IANS
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1: Comparatively LED's are more relaible and cost efficient. a 4.5 to 6 W LED can emit the light similar to a 20 W CFL. I have seen this in my office itself, why don't they make the companies to replace the general utilities spaces to be restricted to LED lights only?
Posted by:Murali - 26 Feb, 2009
2:
I agree, but LED's are little more expensive now as they are manufactured on GaAs substrates. I did read somewhere about some research being successful in making these on Si substrates which could reduce the cost by 7-10 times. Regardless of the CFL or LED or any other lamp, it is lumens that count as far as the light generated (although the power consumed is different).

Also on another note, with CFL's the disposition is very important as it contains mercury which is very toxic. I don't think there is enough infrastructure now in India to dispose them safely. CFL's typically last 5 times longer than the traditional lamp and LED's last a whole lot longer.
Rama Replied to: Murali - 26 Feb, 2009
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seriously weekly jobnews Replied to: Murali - 02 Dec, 2010
5: Saving energy , saving water, these terms get into public brain such that they try to do the saving to such an extent which gives adverse effect on health. Use of less amount of water than required in our daily work, to save energy ,may result in different diseases. Similarly use of low lumination may have effect on eyes while reading. Use of word like 'save energy' is not very appropriate.
Posted by:Prakash Kumar Rath - 26 Feb, 2009
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seriously weekly jobnews Replied to: Prakash - 02 Dec, 2010
7: This is a good initiative But the CFLs also have to be of good quality and should last for a minimum of 5 years only then savings can be achieved in true sense.
Posted by:Sanjay G Kulkarni - 26 Feb, 2009
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seriously weekly jobnews Replied to: Sanjay - 02 Dec, 2010
9: Before going through your news I had already gone through one Full Page advertisement in the newspaper by the Govt. But there was no mention of the source from where such bulb will be available to general mass. I treat such announcement nothing more than an advertisement to woo the voter's in their favour.
Posted by:SANJAYA NAND - 25 Feb, 2009
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11: it will good for future in energy saving
Posted by:Vikas kumar Gupta - 25 Feb, 2009
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13: A fantastic initiative to conserve energy.
Posted by:vipul - 25 Feb, 2009
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15: There is reason to have serious doubts on this idea.
Where as it is true CFL electro optical efficiency is high, it is way to complex compared to mundane incandescent lamp.
Reliability and life are poor. Failure rate is very high. Its manufacturing cost out balances some part of the energy it saves. A serious debate is needed before such a scheme is poured money into.
Posted by:Pradip - 25 Feb, 2009
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