For any of you who don’t know already, local television currently provides Shanghai residents with something called a “Laundry Index” – a rating system letting you know whether to hang out your laundry (and providing one of the world’s only official excuses not to do laundry!) Coming this summer, supplementing that brilliant trend will be the Shanghai Air Conditioner Index, a rating system saving you the trouble of asking yourself this question: “Do I feel physically uncomfortable enough to turn my air conditioner on/off/up/down?”
From Shanghai Daily:
Amazingly, they considered the index so crucial to daily life that they gathered information for the idea during a five-year study.
With the Air Conditioner Index, residents will have a better idea when to use their air conditioners and thus “live a healthier life and save energy,” said Feng Lei, deputy director of the bureau.
The index will have four levels including “unnecessary to use air conditioner” to “turn on the air conditioner for a long time,” said Dr Tian Zhan, a meteorological expert with the bureau.
Residents will save 330 kilowatt-hours of electricity on average each year if they follow the bureau’s index. This should equate to about 200 yuan (US$30.50) in annual savings, officials said.