POWER PLAY: BEE RATINGS
Ever wondered what the BEE label on your home appliance means? An agency under the Union Ministry of Power, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has been tasked with reducing wasteful energy consumption. For this, BEE has set up a star-ratings system that determines how energy efficient a gadget is. The BEE labels have one to five stars; a higher number of stars indicate that the electrical appliance has higher energy efficiency. A 5star product consumes 30 per cent less energy that a one-star product. But there is a flip side to the star rating. While buying a new product, you will realise that a 5-star rated product is more expensive than a 1or a 2-star rated appliance. But remember that while you may dole out more at the time of purchase, that cost is easily recovered within 13 years of the purchase. For instance, the 7,000 extra that you may ` pay for a 5-star rated AC is easily recouped since it saves 2,000 a year ` in power costs.