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To help cut elec­tric­ity us­age in Qatar homes, the gov­ern­ment will phase out the sale of con­ven­tional do­mes­tic air-con­di­tion­ing units, with only en­ergy-ef­fi­cient ones be­ing of­fered in stores by Septem­ber this year, a se­nior Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment of­fi­cial has an­nounced. In the in­terim, ex­ist­ing en­ergy-hun­gry “split” (wall-mounted) and win­dow units will be mon­i­tored and re­placed with newer, high­per­for­mance sys­tems that con­sume up to 30 per­cent less power, he said. The move comes as Qatar also works to ban the im­port of tung­sten (in­can­des­cent) light bulbs in favour of en­ergy-ef­fi­cient LED bulbs.

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