Governments & Regulators

Indian Government might soon mandate AC settings of 24°C across all government and commercial buildings



  • India has seen a 15-fold increase in energy consumed for cooling since 1990, a recent report from International Energy Agency (IEA) pointed out.
  • The power ministry has advised companies to regulate default air conditioner (AC) settings to promote energy efficiency in the area which is expected to be a key driver of global electricity demand in the coming decades.
  • The targeted commercial buildings will include airports, hotels, shopping malls, officers and government buildings.


  • The power ministry estimates indicate that if all the consumers adopt, this will result in savings of 20 billion units of electricity in one year alone.


  • Education: After an awareness campaign of 4 to 6 months, followed by a survey to gather public feedback, the Ministry of Power would consider making this mandatory, the minister added.
  • Labelling: AC makers were advised to have labelling indicating the optimum temperature setting for the benefits of consumers both from financial and their health points of view


“Every 1 degree increase in the air-conditioner temperature setting results in saving of 6 per cent of electricity consumed”
India Power Minister R K Singh
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