About the Programme: The objective of S&L program is to provide the consumer an informed choice about the energy saving and thereby the cost saving potential of the marketed household and other equipment. This is expected to impact the energy saving in the medium and long run while at the same time it will position domestic industry to compete in such markets where norms for energy efficiency are mandatory. The scheme was launched by honourable Minister of Power in May, 2006 and is currently invoked for equipments/appliances such as Room Air Conditioner, Ceiling Fan, Colour Television, Computer, Direct Cool Refrigerator, Distribution Transformer, Domestic Gas Stove, Frost Free Refrigerator, General Purpose Industrial Motor, Monoset Pump, Openwell Submersible Pump Set, Stationary type Water heater, Submersible Pump Set, TFL, Ballast, Solid State Inverter, Office Automation products, Diesel Engine driven moonset pumps for Agriculture Purposes, Diesel generator Set.
Appliances categorised under S&L Programme:
Under Mandatory Scheme:
- Frost Free (No-Frost) Refrigerator
- Tubular Fluorescent Lamps
- Room Air Conditioners
- Distribution Transformer
- Under Voluntary Scheme:
- Room Air Conditioners ( Cassette, Floor Standing Tower, Ceiling, Corner AC)
- Direct Cool Refrigerator
- Induction Motor
- Agriculture Pump Sets
- Ceiling Fans
- Domestic Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Stoves.
- Electric Geysers
- Colour TV
- Washing Machines
- Computer (Notebook/Laptops)
- Ballast ( Electronic/Magnetic)
- Office Equipments ( Printer, Copiers, Scanner, MFDs)
- Diesel Engine Driven Monoset Pumps for Agriculture purposes.
- Solid State Inverter
- Diesel Generator
Measures to be taken while buying by Consumers
The major appliances in your home –Refrigerator, Fans, Air Conditioners etc accounts a major part in your monthly electricity bill and if your appliances in more than a decade old, you are spending a lot more on electricity than you need to.
Energy efficient appliances don’t just save electricity and your money; they are good for environment. The less energy we all use, the lower will be demand on power plants to generate electricity and lower will be the effect on environment.
The trick is to figure out which model use the least energy, here are some guidelines.
- Look for Energy Start Label: Energy star models are the most energy efficient in any product category, exceeding the energy efficiency minimums set by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). 5 Star marked by BEE is the most energy efficient appliance which has the highest energy savings and it should be the most preferred choice of consumer.
- Use the Energy Guide Label: Some uninformed salesperson might tell you that the model you are looking at is the most efficient because it has Energy Guide Label. Appliances must carry the Energy Guide Label, either on the appliance itself or on the packaging. The label allows you to compare the typical annual energy consumption and operating cost of different models of any type of appliances you are thinking of buying.
- Get the right size: Make sure the product you are buying suits your needs. Oversized air conditioners, water heater and refrigerators wastes energy and money.
- Think long term: Energy efficient appliances may cost high initially but they’ll save you money in the long run. Energy efficient appliances soon pay for itself by lowering your monthly electricity bill.