PESHAWAR: Federal Minister of Science and Technology Senator Shibli Faraz said that Ministry of Science and Technology will monitor the quality of electric fans and from next season only government-approved fans will be allowed in the market to save electricity.
Briefing the National Assembly Committee on Science and Technology Faraz said, “If 100 million electric fans, used in Pakistan, are shifted to high quality technology, Pakistan will save electricity generated by two Ghazi-Barotha per day and more than $4 billion will be saved.” Faraz informed that the existing fans consume more electricity and from next year only standard fans approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology will be allowed across Pakistan.
According to the federal minister, the ministry of science and technology will also introduce star rating system for fans, which will make the public aware of fans’ efficiency. Faraz said that in this regard, duty exemption has been sought from the Ministry of Commerce for the import of modern electric plate and it is hoped that work will be completed in a couple of weeks.
The federal minister said that Ministry of Science has conducted a study in this regard according to which 100 million fans are in use but most of them are made of faulty material and consume more electricity. In addition, water motors are present in almost every home that uses more electricity. If the water motor is standard, it will save 40 to 60 percent of electricity.
He said that Pakistan’s system has the capacity to deliver 24,000 MW of electricity in summer while the consumption of electricity in winter is up to 8,000 MW. “This means that 16,000 megawatts of electricity is spent in Pakistan for cooling purpose. Therefore, if the cooling equipment is energy efficient, then Pakistan will save a lot in terms of electricity,” Faraz said. Chairman of the committee Sajid Mehdi said that inverter AC is more expensive than ordinary AC but it saves about half of electricity.