If you paint the exterior of your house, especially the rooftop, white and put sun-control film on the glasses of your windows, your home will need up to 20% less air-conditioning than it does now.
Tips and tricks like these will go to 27 lakh power consumers across the city from power distributors BSES Yamuna and BSES Rajdhani, which launched the "My Cool Ideas" campaign on Tuesday.
The campaign has invited ideas from residents, students, professionals — essentially everyone who is a power consumer — to conserve electricity through innovative ways and beat the heat.
Consumers of the two discoms supplying in majority of Delhi have been invited to participate and contribute ideas to the company’s website, www.bsesdelhi.com.
In addition to that, the discoms, are also using all their public awareness tools like the Synergy newsletters attached to electricity bills, SMSes, RWA forums etc to engage people in this campaign.
"We are sharing energy conservation tips with the RWAs and will also engage with schools in the BSES area, so that children can lend their support to the energy conservation awareness. This will enable customers and students to not only help conserve electricity, but also save money in the process," said a BSES spokesman.
The discoms will be going all out with tips like how best to use microwaves, air-conditioners and refrigerators so as to save electricity and cost. They will also advise on how to maintain lights, fixtures and other electrical apparatus to reap the maximum benefit in terms of energy conservation.
"Every unit not used amounts to less load being generated. And in turn, lesser the load, fewer are the chances of breakdowns and technical snags, which means better power supply as well," said the official.
On May 17, the temperature touched 44 degree Celsius. It is only the second time in five years that the temperature has reached this figure.
Power demand too is reaching new peaks every other day. It was 4,823 MW on May 18, 2011, its highest ever.
On Tuesday the peak demand was just 4,079 MW.