Plugging In: A Collection of Insights on Electricity Use in Indian Homes

By Radhika Khosla and Aditya Chunekar
29 December 2017

Electricity use in Indian homes – from lights, ceiling fans, televisions, refrigerators, among other appliances – has increased 50 times between today and 1971, even though India’s per capita residential electricity consumption is less than a third of the world average. Residential electricity now outpaces growth in industrial, commercial and agriculture sectors. This striking statistic is on the increase, as India moves towards one of the largest urban transitions in history in the coming decades. What is the implication of this transition for household electricity use, as the urban population grows and income levels rise? What do we know about how electricity is currently used in homes across the country? And what drives our dramatically changing consumption patterns?These questions form the basis of a series on residential electricity consumption, jointly authored by the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi and the Prayas (Energy Group), Pune. The collected insights that formed the series are compiled in this document. 

Suggested Citation: Radhika Khosla and Aditya Chunekar (Eds.) (2017). Plugging In: A Collection of Insights on Electricity Use in Indian Homes. Research Report. Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi and Prayas (Energy Group), Pune