Changing the way you consume energy will save you money in the long run.
Did you know that households in Singapore account for about 15% of the country’s total electricity consumption? Saving energy at home comes in two parts – choosing energy efficient appliances, and adopting energy-saving habits that are easy to cultivate.
If helping to save the environment isn’t impetus enough, then what about saving a significant amount of money? Keep reading to find out how.
Save with your air-conditioner
There are many ways to reduce the load on your air-conditioner – for example, keeping your doors and windows closed, or the curtains drawn, requires less energy to cool down a room. Try to keep a temperature of about 25⁰C – every degree raised saves you approximately $15 or more a year.
More importantly, clean your filters every month to stop your aircon from working harder to produce cool, clean air.
Save with your fan
But, before you turn on the air-conditioning, stop to think if it’s really necessary. Every hour, a typical air-conditioner unit uses 20 times more energy than a ceiling fan, which adds to your bill. Opt for fans with energy-saving motors that promote healthy air circulation, and can produce cool air without loud whirring noises.
Save with your PC/laptop
Ironically, screensavers don’t save energy – they were originally made to save older monitors from damage. Now, other than offering users some personalisation, they have little function. Instead of going on screensaver mode, “hibernate”, put it in sleep mode or switch it off.
Save with your wall sockets
Did you know that appliances and electronic devices can continue to consume energy even when it is not turned on? Household appliances such as TVs, routers and computers continue to use energy until you switch them off at the wall socket.
Save with your washing machine
Underloading your washing machine is not more energy efficient. However, it is important to realise that washing one large load at a higher setting actually consumes less energy than washing two loads on a low or medium setting.
Furthermore, 90% of the energy consumed by a washing machine actually goes into heating the water so, unless absolutely necessary, stick to 30 degrees rather than higher temperatures.
Save with your refrigerator
Refrigerators are one of the top 5 most energy-hungry appliances in our homes, and the bigger your refrigerator is, the more energy it’ll consume. Consider if you really need a big one.
And if you have an old refrigerator, regularly check the seal at the door to ensure it is in good condition, otherwise, the cool air will escape. There should also be good circulation between food so avoid overloading the freezer.
Once in awhile, defrost your freezer to conserve energy as it removes the frost build-up, affecting how hard the motor has to work.
Save with your stove
Using a 6-inch pan on an 8-inch burner wastes approximately 40% of the heat produced by the burner on an electric cooktop, so really, the pans you use should match your cooking ring – this way, you’ll not only save energy and costs, but your food will cook faster!
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