Energy Conservation: Avoid wastage and prevent shortages.

It is estimated that households waste 25 percent of their power because of inefficient appliances in the country and a ‘lack of mindfulness’ when using electricity.

Currently, 67 percent of domestic energy consumption is from fans and lights.

Shifting to energy efficient lighting and fans, Consumers can reduce their electricity bill and contribute in reducing the load-shedding by 86%

Energy efficient lighting can reduce load shedding by 47% if [hypothetically] all lights are replaced.

Similarly, energy-efficient fans can reduce the total quantum of load shedding by 39% at existing consumption if [hypothetically] all fans are replaced.

An Asian Development Bank (ADB) analysis of use efficiency of various household items and appliances showed an efficiency gap of 26 per cent, with refrigerators being the most inefficient (with an efficiency gap of 54 per cent). This statistic implies that more than one-quarter of electricity used by households is ‘wasted’. Our usage of older appliances is wasting electricity in short supply.

Use of UPS, generators convenient, but not efficient

There are more UPS’ in Pakistan than the total number of population in Balochistan province. According to an estimate by the Federal Environment Protection Agency, about 60 percent of Pakistani households have some form of a UPS (about 18 million) to provide electricity backup for selected appliances.

The problem with this private solution of both UPS’ and generators is that they are inefficient compared to the national grid; this stopgap solution is wasteful. They add more pressure to increase load-shedding. Conservation and energy efficiency do the opposite.

Source: A study conducted by Research and Advocacy for the Advancement of Allied Reforms (RAFTAAR)

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