How energy demand for cooling in India’s cities is changing

image of Delhi, India

Sustainable methods should be implemented as the demand for cooling technology grows. Image: Unsplash/Sergio Capuzzimati

Dr Radhika Khosla
Research Director , Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development
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a Venn diagram showing the ownership of cooling appliances within the sampled households
Forty-three per cent of households own one AC. Image: Dr Radhika Khosla et al
charts showing the average reported AC use (in hours) in a summer day (left), preferred AC thermostat temperature settings (middle), and the most preferred timings for AC and cooler usage (right)
The average number of hours of AC usage is 5.4 hours. Image: Dr Radhika Khosla et al
a graph showing the proportion of ACs owned with varying energy efficient star ratings
The most popular choice is AC with a three-star rating. Image: Dr Radhika Khosla et al
a graph showing the gender differences in AC consumption preferences and knowledge
This graph shows that there are gender differentiations towards the level of involvement with and knowledge of AC within households. Image: Dr Radhika Khosla et al

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