Consumers’ Behaviour towards Incentives for Solar Water Heater Use in Karnataka, India
Sangamesh G. Sakri1, G. V. Jayaramaiah2
1Sangamesh G. Sakri, Department, of Electrical Engineering, PDA College of Engineering , Gulbarga, Karnataka, India.
2G. V. Jayaramaiah, Department, of Electrical Engineering, Dr. Ambedkar Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, India.
Manuscript received on September 29, 2012. | Revised Manuscript received on October 26, 2012. | Manuscript published on October 30, 2012. | PP: 230-233 | Volume-2 Issue-1, October 2012. | Retrieval Number: A0807102112/2012©BEIESP
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Abstract: The demand-side management (DSM) programs typically cover a variety of policies by the utilities to reduce the consumption of electricity. One such policy is to encourage the installation of appliances that use less electricity to perform their functions. In Karnataka DSM measures are in the initial stage. Electric water heating shares major portion (approximately 23%) of the electricity in the domestic sector. With the available incentives from the utility, the shift to other methods of water heating is not encouraging. This paper proposes alternative incentives which are offered to consumers to increase the penetration the solar water heaters. A survey conducted to assess the consumers’ behavior is analysed for the proposed incentives.
Keywords: Conservation, Demand, Heater, Solar.