Chandigarh, June 23: The use of LED bulbs and tubelights has been made mandatory in all offices under the Haryana government, an official said on Saturday. “All administrative secretaries, head of departments and managing directors of boards, corporations and public undertakings have been directed to ensure replacing all inefficient lighting with LED lamps or tube lights by August 15 positively,” said a spokesman of New and Renewable Energy Department. Also Read - Shehnaaz Gill's Father Vows To Never Speak With His Daughter, 'I Have Sworn Never To Speak With Her For Life'

He said that, as per directions of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, all halogen, sodium bulbs and tubelights should be replaced with energy-efficient LED bulbs and tubelights, adding use of incandescent lamps and purchase of sodium vapour lamps by government sector, government aided sector, boards and corporations and autonomous bodies has already been banned. Also Read - Ahead of Festive Season, Chandigarh Bans Sale, Use of Firecrackers With Immediate Effect

“Officers have been directed to ensure compliance of these orders,” he said adding that the officers have been asked to submit a compliance report within a month. Also Read - Here Are 5 Budget-Friendly Indian Cities To Host Your Dreamy Wedding

It must be noted that the Union Minister of state, for Power declared on Friday that the default setting in Air Conditioners would be made 24 degree Celsius. Minister RK Singh told Zee that the new campaign would result in substantial energy savings. He added that it would also cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.

Singh said, “Every one-degree increase in the air-conditioner temperature setting results in saving of 6 percent of electricity consumed. Normal human body temperature is approximately 36-37 degree Celsius, but a large number of commercial establishments, hotels and offices maintain a temperature of around 18-21 degree Celsius. This is not only uncomfortable but is actually unhealthy.” He added that the temperature range of 18-21 degree Celsius forces people to use blankets, which is actually a wastage of energy. He said that countries like Japan have AC’s default temperature at 28 degree Celsius.