Cut down on your power bills this winter. If you have piped natural gas (PNG) reaching your kitchen, you have the option of extending it to run a gas-based geyser — it is cheaper to buy, cheaper to run.
PNG — which has replaced the clunky red cylinders in 800,000 households across India — will soon find its way to air conditioners and generator sets.
“IGL (Indraprastha Gas Ltd) has started promoting the use of gas-based appliances in Delhi and NCR for non-kitchen use,” said Rajesh Vedvyas, managing director, IGL. “We will begin with water geysers and extend it to ACs and gensets.”
With gas availability rising, households in 20 cities — including Mumbai, Lucknow, Pune and Ahmedabad — will be able to make the transition to inexpensive gas-based appliances.
With large private players like Reliance Industries Ltd and Adani Group entering the business, this number is expected to double in two years.
“We are increasing the usage of gas for non-cooking purposes,” said P.K. Gupta, managing director, Mahanagar Gas Ltd, a Mumbai-based city gas distribution company.
“While it’ll take some time for gas-based ACs to hit the market, consumers in Gujarat are ready for the switch,” said an official of Gujarat Gas Ltd on condition of anonymity.
Manufacturers are gearing up. “We are ready,” an official of Pune-based Racold, who did not want to be named, said.