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Air-conditioning accounts for 40 percent of electricity usage in the city of Mumbai, India

In A/C news on March 21, 2010 at 11:12 am

An article on air-conditioning’s astonishing power consumption in the often-sweltering city of Mumbai ran in the Times of India just as I was completing the final editing of Losing Our Cool.  The report begins

“MUMBAI: The air-conditioners that keep you cool at office and home are scorching the meters. The city’s recent power load flow pattern, which gives an indication of which gadgets consume more power, indicates that air-conditioners alone guzzle nearly 1,000 MW of the 2,700 MW of power that the city consumes every day.

The finding has rattled Mumbai’s power administrators. ‘We are stunned. We have always known that ACs are power guzzlers but this gives us an accurate idea of the amount of power they actually consume,’ MERC chairman V P Raja said.”

Chapter 7 of Losing Our Cool is on the weird world of air-conditioning in India.


Why a book about the air-conditioned world?

In About the book on March 21, 2010 at 10:28 am

The following is from the preface to Losing Our Cool:

In the pages that follow, I will not be arguing that air-  conditioning has created the world of economic and ecological peril in which we have come to live. I do maintain that with energy at the root of the biggest crises we face, air-  conditioning must be dealt with as a subject of debate, not as a fait accompli. To wrestle with the question of air-conditioning is to confront the staggering task we face in keeping the world habitable for humans.

Some of the ills that follow in the wake of air-conditioning—resource waste, climate change, ozone depletion, and disorientation of the human mind and body—call for cures more complex than simply producing more energy-efficient devices or more atmosphere-friendly refrigerants . . .  (more) Read the rest of this entry »

Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World

In About the book on March 21, 2010 at 9:21 am

This is the first post related to my book Losing Our Cool, scheduled for publication in June by The New Press. I will be on the lookout for new developments in our air-conditioned world and I’ll record them here. With your comments and tips on how the refrigerated indoors has changed our lives, you can help expand the discussion. Thanks.

Stan Cox