Energy / Climate Change

March 31, 2006


'E-Meisters' Diagnose Energy Efficiency at Home

Keywords: Energy Conservation Environmental Technology Local government 

The Shizuoka Center for Climate Change Actions (SCCCA) certified 115 persons as "e-Meisters" on December 3, 2005, to promote the spread of energy-saving home appliances. The e-Meisters will visit households on request and conduct energy efficiency inspections. This is the nation's first service of its kind.

At the time of application, an applicant is required to state the types of home electronics that need to be examined and what the kinds of concerns they have. An e-Meister then visits the applicant's home, collects information about the electric bill and the family composition, and examines power consumption and monthly operating time of home appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators and lights as well as other relevant information. Based on such information, a special software program then runs a diagnosis, showing how much money can be saved by replacing the current appliances with energy-saving ones and giving tips for energy conservation, such as better usage or installation. This service is free of charge and takes an hour or so.

E-Meisters are energy-saving appliance specialists who have completed the SCCCA training course and are qualified by an energy-label association in Shizuoka Prefecture, composed of the Electrical Products Association of Shizuoka and other relevant organizations. The current e-Meisters include electric appliance store employees and promoters of a prefectural campaign against global warming.

The people who used this service have reported that it helped their energy conservation awareness and gave them tips on how to save energy effectively. The SCCCA plans to continue the e-Meister program in fiscal 2006, which starts in April, and hopes that this service will spread throughout Japan.

Posted: 2006/03/31 11:45:34 PM
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