The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), which carried out a study, recommended the default setting that could go up two notches to 26 degrees Celsius.
The proposal is part of the campaign initiated by the Ministry of Power that aims to save substantial amount of energy and also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Following an awareness campaign in the next six months and a survey to gather feedback, the ministry would consider making it mandatory. This will help save 20 billion units of electricity in one year alone, according to the power ministry.
Explaining the rationale behind the recommendation, Union Power Minister RK Singh said that every one-degree increase in the temperature setting saves six per cent of electricity consumed.
An advisory will be issued to manufacturers and establishments, including airports, hotels, shopping malls, offices and government buildings.
During a meeting, all major air conditioner manufacturers were advised to inform consumers through well-drafted labels about the impact of the optimum temperature setting both on their health as well as wallets. The attendees not only agreed, but also called it a "step in the right direction".
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