Govt is recommending 24 degrees as the default temperature to all public places (like malls/theaters) as well as your home.
The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), which carried out a study, recommended the default setting that could go up (in future) two notches to 26 degrees Celsius.
This will help save 20 billion units of electricity in one year alone . As per govt’s calculation every one-degree increase in the temperature setting saves six per cent of electricity consumed.
“The normal human body temperature is approximately 36-37 degrees Celsius, but a large number of commercial establishments, hotels and offices maintain a temperature around 18-21 degrees Celsius forcing people to wear warm clothes or use blankets. This is actually wastage of energy. Some countries like Japan have put in place regulation to keep the temperature at 28 degrees Celsius,” Union Power Minister RK Singh.