Living in a tropical country has its perks; heavy coats and jackets aren’t needed, along with the possibilities of beach trips throughout the year, not to mention the lack of snow that needs to be shoveled daily. A problem with the tropics though is that it can get deathly hot, necessitating the use of air-conditioning units. A/C is a godsend on particularly warm days, though running them can get expensive. For more budget-conscious aircon buyers, ASEAN Shine has developed a cost savings calculator app for A/C units.
The hot tropical climate is driving air-conditioning sales in Metro Manila, with one out of five households having purchased an AC unit in the last two years according to German-based market research firm GfK.
Similar trends are seen in neighboring countries. A joint 2015 study by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the ASEAN Standard Harmonization Initiative for Energy Efficiency (ASEAN SHINE) revealed that air-conditioning accounted for almost half of the total residential and commercial power demand in Southeast Asia.
As part of its efforts to aid governments in building a regional policy roadmap on energy performance standards for air conditioners, ASEAN SHINE has developed a Cost Savings Calculator that can assist consumers in choosing the best energy-saving AC unit for their needs.
More savings at less energy
The Cost Savings Calculator is a mobile app that enables retail salespersons to compare two AC models by calculating total ownership costs including purchase price and yearly electricity costs. The results demonstrate how more energy-efficient air conditioners can provide consumers with greater economic benefits.
Through the UNEP and the International Copper Association (ICA), ASEAN SHINE has also received a grant from the European Union (EU) to promote higher efficiency AC units by harmonizing test methods and energy efficiency standards across the ASEAN region. Many member states have already agreed to a uniform testing method based on ISO 5151-2010, which is the standard applied to non-ducted air conditioners and heat pumps.
The ASEAN SHINE Cost Savings Calculator is available via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.