Have you ever done an online search on how to save electricity at home? You’ll generally come across tips like “switch off the lights when you’re not using them” or “hang dry your clothes”. These suggestions might be useful, but now there are newer, smarter ways to save electricity at home.
Many people around the world have been stuck at home for long periods these past few years. After spending more time than usual at home, it’s likely you’ll notice an increase in your electricity bill. What’s worse, with the recent electricity prices spike, utility bills are likely to feel more taxing than ever. To help you slash your monthly electricity bill, here’s a list of some of the best electricity-saving tips in Singapore!
1. Install Smart Home Devices
Are you someone who tends to leave a fan running or the lights on by accident? You should consider installing smart technology for your home. One option you can go for is smart lighting. A smart lighting system is connected to your home’s local network and allows you to control the lights in your house completely remotely. Smart light bulbs also often have a timer function that you can set to automatically switch them off after some time. Smart ceiling fans also come with such a function.
Having a smart home makes life easier. But it also means more efficient electricity usage. Smart home systems find out exactly where your home is using the most electricity and how much it is costing you in real time. Learning this can help you save huge amounts of electricity with just a few small adjustments.
Note: Smart devices definitely require electricity to work. That said, the amount of energy that you can save by using automated appliances will likely offset the electricity needed for these devices to function.
2. Laundry: Use Cool Water
Most people wash dishes and clothes with hot water. This is commonly done because many think that hot water is needed to get rid of tough stains, dirt and grime. While this may be true for dishes and surfaces, this is not the best practice when it comes to clothes.
It’s an absolute myth that washing with hot water will produce cleaner clothes. On the contrary, there are many drawbacks to washing your clothes with hot water. The hot water setting on your washing machine can require 3 times more electricity than the standard-setting. Additionally, most laundry detergents are also made to work better with cooler water. Washing your clothes with hot water can even result in dreaded side effects like colouring bleed, creases and shrinkage.
Before your next laundry run, consider choosing the standard wash setting over the heated option. Room temperature water will still clean your clothes and can also prevent unwanted side effects. If you’ve got a small load, you can even hand wash your clothes while having an icy cold shower on a sweltering day!
3. Use your Aircon More Efficiently
It’s common knowledge that aircon units are one of the largest energy consumers in a house. Not switching on your aircon at all is the best-case scenario. That said, we understand that the weather in Singapore can sometimes get unbearable. If you’ve got to switch on your aircon for the day, here’s how to save electricity while using it.
First and foremost, set your aircon at 25°C. This prevents your aircon from being overworked and allows it to be as energy-efficient as possible. You should also ensure that your room is as cool as it can be before switching on your aircon. To do so, simply draw your curtains and turn off any heat-generating appliances that you’re not using. This can reduce the temperature of your room and help make sure that your aircon can optimally regulate your room’s temperature
You should then attempt to make full use of ‘residual aircon’ — the cool air that stays in your room after you’ve switched off your aircon. Once your room is sufficiently cooled, turn it your aircon and keep your windows and doors shut. This will keep your room cool for a while longer without using any electricity. Additionally, you can switch on a fan to circulate the cool air in the room and keep the ‘residual aircon’ around even longer.
4. Choose the Right Kitchen Appliances for Your Task
Love tasty frozen snacks? Prepare them with the right electrical appliance. Using an oven to warm up a pastry or frozen seaweed chicken is an extremely inefficient use of electricity. Heating up food with an oven requires more energy and also takes more time. You’ll generally need to preheat your oven before placing your food in it. This means that electricity is wasted heating up your empty oven.
For small snacks and pastries use a small toaster or air fryer instead. These smaller kitchen appliances help heat up your food just like an oven while consuming a lot less energy. As an added bonus, you also won’t need to stand around for more than 15 minutes before munching on that delicious pastry or snack!
When shopping for new electrical appliances, you should also buy ones that boast 5 ticks on their NEA Energy Label sticker and have low annual energy consumption numbers. 5-tick appliances are some of the most energy-efficient on the market and will definitely help to reduce your energy consumption.
5. Get Solar
Solar prices have fallen by a whopping 89% over the past 10 years. While solar used to be an expensive alternative to traditional energy sources, it’s now cheaper than energy from fossil fuels! Installing solar is the best way to save electricity for the long haul. Solar energy is clean and renewable. Along with being great for the environment, solar can also help to significantly reduce your energy consumption and monthly utility bills.
Solar is also an investment. A solar PV system can protect you from rising electricity costs and energy price spikes. They are very durable and last for more than 25 years. They can even earn you money! In Singapore, if your solar PV system generates more electricity than you use, you can then sell the excess electricity back to the grid and be paid for it. This can help further offset your monthly utilities bill and even nett you a sweet profit! (ooh love the pun Reeve)
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