Tuesday, 31 October 2017
There are a lot of people in Singapore who unaware that they use a lot more electricity than they realize or they should. This results in a huge number of household owners to pay consequently more for their utilities than needed. Here, you will know some tips to reduce your energy consumption and thus lower your monthly bills.
Lately, more and more organizations are recommending and educating households to save energy. There is this so-called SP Group that welcomes you to join its Energy Experience Programme to know the importance of power conservation. It only has to half-day sessions, wherein stage 1 aids you to explore the energy efficiency in your home through electricity audit assignments and tests and stage 2 is a hands-on session that requires you to complete a 6-week project. In addition, the program consists of a presentation that covers different topics like the following:
• Singapore Power and its local electricity market history
• Home automation system
• Electric vehicles
• Renewable energy
• Green building
• How to read bills and meters
• Saving electricity tips for your household appliances
It will be rewarding just to know these subject matters. Meanwhile, take time to read the tips given below so you can save energy at your home.
Check out which home appliances consume the most
You do not have to go overboard by starting to ready using a candlelight in the evening just to lower the costs. It will pay you a great deal if you know which appliances do consume most of your electricity. Most of the intensive power suckers are the refrigerator, air conditioner, clothes dryer and water heater. The first three home appliances have a shocking 75 percent of Singaporean households’ power consumption.
When you are able to identify which offending appliances contribute to the huge bills you have monthly, you can work on reducing the amount of their consumption. The two vital points to reduce their power consumption are to (1) reduce the amount or period of time the device is used and (2) optimize it to consume less energy.
The setting should be optimal to cool the contents as effectively as possible. If the set temperature is too low, the energy can be wasted. Avoid overloading this home appliance because this will prevent the cold air from circulating efficiently or freely and will thus force it to work harder. Do not place uncovered liquids or hot food in the fridge because the compressor will work harder. Do not constantly open the refrigerator door or to leave it open for a long period of time. Decide first what you need before opening it. Make sure that the door is sealed tightly. Thaw frozen materials in the fridge instead of utilizing the microwave oven.
You can have the unit to be serviced and cleaned constantly for it to work efficiently. Clogged filters can lead to improper function of the unit and will make it work harder just to emit cold air. Set the temperature to 25 degrees Celsius. If the temperature is lower, more power is used instead. Close your curtains when the air conditioner is turned on. Also, you can choose an inverter air conditioner, shut the windows and doors or you can just use fans to keep cool.
Shut down your computer when not in use for a long period of time. Enable the hibernation mode or power sleep after being idle for such an amount of time like 5 minutes. You may want to use a laptop over a desktop as it consumes less energy.
Start ironing the clothes that need lower temperature, such as wool or silk, before working on those that need higher temperatures like cotton. This will let you avoid in unnecessary cooling, heating and reheating.
It should be activated for not more than 15 or 20 minutes before taking your shower, rather than to leave it on for many hours. Take quick showers that will let you reduce the amount of time for the water heater to stay on. Switch it off after every use.
On the other hand, storage water heater continues to utilize power to heat water whenever it is left switched on.
You must dry your clothes under the sun whenever possible, except when emergencies you really need them urgently to be dry. If you need to use the dryer, you can sort your laundry when you have a lot of loads’ worth and dry in batches according to their material. Items such as towels will take time compared to lightweight synthetic ones. Do not over-dry the laundry by monitoring its progress intermittently rather than to let the timer run through its course.
Select the ones with electricity saving capability like compact fluorescent lamps or LED bulbs. Avoid using incandescent lamps. You can use dimmers, sensors or timers to control the duration and level of lighting you need. Clean your light fixtures and lamps often. Dust on reflectors and lamps that reduces the transmission of lights. Use natural light whenever possible.
Dim your light whenever you watch TV. This can save energy while cutting the glare from your TV screen. Also, you can lower the contrast and brightness setting of your TV. Always switch it off at the power socket because it sucks power more on standby.
Why you need to save electricity?
Why bother doing this, if you may ask? The electricity bill is such a recurring cost that can be quite hefty if you’re careful with it. As per Singapore Power statistics released in May 2016, the median utility bill for HDB five-room flat dwellers with no gas was $145.19.
When you are conscious about your electricity use, you can reduce your monthly expenses considerably. When you follow the tips given above, you can save at least $610 per year, according to Energy Efficient Singapore. Imagine how much it is that you can save. You will be able to utilize the money saved to invest or save for future use. In addition, there is that environmental implications when electricity is overused. By being responsible for your power consumption, you can help build a better world for the future generation.
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