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How to save electricity (and money) at home in Singapore

Start by paying attention to how we use electricity.

Adjust your aircon settings to save electricity. (Photo: Gettyimages)
Adjust your aircon settings to save electricity. (Photo: Gettyimages)

More CDC vouchers, U-Save rebates and cost of living special payments were announced during the Singapore Budget 2024. These are the measures the government has taken to support households amid economic uncertainties like recession and retrenchment. But are there any lifestyle changes we can do to help us better adapt to the ever-changing environment?

One of the ways is to save for the rainy day and we can start by paying attention to how we use electricity—a big part of our everyday lives that rely increasingly on electronic devices and appliances. When we save electricity, we not only conserve energy and contribute to environmental sustainability but we also indirectly save some unnecessary expenses in the form of utility bills.

If you’re ready to take charge of your life and make some meaningful changes, here are 10 steps you can take to save electricity, and in turn, money.

1. Switch to LED lights

LED lights use significantly less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and can last much longer. Although they are more expensive than non-LED lights, they are more economical in the long run. Some LED lights to consider below.

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Baseus Hanging Magnetic LED Table Lamp Chargeable. (Photo: Shopee SG)
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2. Unplug devices

Many electronic devices consume standby power even when turned off. Unplug chargers, appliances, and electronics when not in use, or use smart power strips to cut off power completely.

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3. Use energy-efficient appliances

When purchasing new appliances, look for the Energy Label with five ticks—four ticks in the case of refrigerators and three ticks for lamps. This means that the appliance has an excellent energy efficiency rating. The Energy Label is only affixed after the National Environment Agency (NEA) has issued the Certificate of Registration, so you can be assured these are legit labels.

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4. Adjust your aircon settings

If you can’t live without aircon, especially with the hot and humid Singapore weather, you can set the temperature higher and use fans to circulate the air. Although seemingly counterintuitive, this facilitates an even distribution of air and reduce the aircon’s workload and energy consumption. You can also switch between cool and dry modes, depending on whether you want to reduce the temperature and humidity or just the humidity—both aspects affect thermal comfort.

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Aerogaz AZ-173WF 16 inch Wall Fan. (Photo: Shopee SG)
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5. Seal leaks

Ensure windows and doors are properly sealed to prevent drafts. This will help maintain a consistent indoor temperature, reducing the need for cooling. Proper insulation also keeps your home cooler, reducing the load on the cooling system. If you use aircon from time to time, make sure you close your windows and doors properly every time.

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6. Use natural light

Make the most of natural daylight by keeping curtains open during the day. This reduces the need for artificial lighting. You can also open your windows to ventilate your room and feel the natural breeze instead of using fans.

7. Air dry clothes

Instead of using a clothes dryer, air dry your clothes whenever possible. This not only saves electricity but also extends the life of your clothing. Singapore’s sunny weather makes drying clothes a lot easier, but be on the lookout for occasional showers.

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8. Regular maintenance

Keep your appliances and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems well-maintained. Dirty filters and poorly maintained equipment can lead to increased energy consumption.

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9. Cook efficiently

Use energy-efficient cooking appliances and methods. Match the size of your pots and pans to the burner size, and consider using a microwave or slow cooker for energy savings.

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Cornell 20L Microwave Oven, Black. (Photo: Shopee SG)
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10. Limit hot water usage

Hot water heaters consume a significant amount of energy. Take shorter showers, fix leaks, and consider lowering the water heater temperature.

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