It’s 2019, and everything seems to be getting more expensive, even our electricity bill! From the fluctuating price of oil to inflation, the electricity tariff appears to be continually rising, causing your bill to creep up gradually.
Don’t worry. We are here to help! We have compiled 14 types of energy hacks you can use to save electricity and lower your electricity bills while still staying comfortable in hot and humid Singapore.
How To Save Electricity In Singapore – 14 Ways To Do So At Home
Want to learn how to save electricity at home? It’s easy! To start off, you should be getting energy-efficient appliances.
When it comes to shopping for appliances such as refrigerators, air-conditioners, and lamps, we might be tempted to go for the cheaper options directly but is that the wisest choice?
Because we use these appliances so frequently, it might be better to purchase one that is slightly more expensive but consumes less energy over time. In today’s environment of ever-rising electricity prices, this change alone could add up substantially in cost savings.
Thankfully, the National Environment Agency (NEA) came out with a tick system that helps us identify appliances that are energy efficient. Look for the green tick label below when you go shopping!
The higher the number of ticks, the more energy-efficient the appliance is and the more electricity you will save using it compared to one that has fewer, or no ticks at all.
1. Switch to an energy-efficient air conditioner
In Singapore, where temperatures can go up to 35 degrees, having an air conditioner is essential to staying cool and comfortable at home, but the running costs can add up over the months.
In 2019, electricity costs around 23.65 cents per kWh. With an air conditioner using between 750 and 3,500 watts, an average Singaporean household spends around $200 a month on air conditioning.
One great way to save on electricity costs, in the long run, is to purchase an energy-efficient air-con. The best energy-efficient appliances have five ticks. Such an appliance is the most fuel-efficient, has the best performance, and is the easiest to use.
Using an air conditioner with 5 ticks will save you 33% of your electricity bills as compared to you using one with 3 ticks!
Here are some things to look out for when it comes to buying aircons, apart from making sure it is energy-efficient, of course!
Qualities an ideal aircon should have:
The quietest aircons emit just 19db of sound, which means you won’t even notice them running in your room when you are trying to get some rest at night!
- Good Air Filters & Efficient Cooling Systems
Did you know? Airborne dust and fungi can cause respiratory problems. Having a good air filter in your aircon could go a long way in ensuring that you aren’t sneezing from allergies after you’ve been in the room for some time.
Air filters and efficient cooling systems are definitely something important to look out for when choosing an air conditioner!
Having a sturdy and well-built aircon that can last you for more than 20 years will help you save. While such an aircon may have a steeper price than others, they are also likely to last longer without any repairs, which could give you significant savings in the long run!
An average aircon lasts anywhere between 10 to 15 years, while some brands claim to last for more than 20 (whether you believe them or not is up to you!)
- Air-purifying & Dehumidifying
It feels like a sauna in Singapore every day, and it is humid, rain or shine. Have sensitive skin or aversion to humid weather in general? You might want to check out aircons with air-purifying and dehumidifying functions.
Stepping in a cool, dry, room will really feel like a breath of fresh air! Want something you can move around? Some brands sell portable aircons with such function for around $400, so you won’t be breaking the bank to feel comfortable!
2. Utilise an energy-efficient dryer
Singapore has a hot and sunny climate that’s great for air-drying your clothes. But the clear weather is interspersed with showers that sometimes last the whole afternoon. On such occasions, having a dryer in preparation for a ‘rainy day’ can be a lifesaver!
Looking for the best and most efficient dryer to replace the one you have at home? Here are some other factors you can consider:
- Colour Care Technology
Often throw away clothes faded by sun exposure? With Colour Care technology, such damage is reduced by 80% so you won’t lose your favourite clothing articles.
- Humidity Sensor
With a humidity sensor that can measure the level of humidity in the dryer, it ensures that your laundry is entirely dried. As there’s no chance of over-drying, your clothes are unlikely to shrink in the dryer either!
While a dryer is known for consuming a lot of electricity, using an energy-efficient one can help you save and enjoy the extra convenience with less guilt!
- Hybrid Dryer and Washing Machine
Not enough space to store both a washer and dryer in your home? You don’t have to put off the idea of added convenience entirely! Just get an appliance that has both functions – washing your clothes and drying them, it’s that simple.
- Option of Toggling between Modes
Sometimes you just need that one article of clothing to complete your look the next day. If time is not on your side, you will probably want your clothes to be washed and dried in the least time possible. But other times, saving electricity on your washing machine or dryer and reducing your utility bill may take precedence.
An energy-efficient appliance can save up to 5,000 litres of water a year, just think of how much you can save! Getting a dryer that allows you to toggle between an energy-efficient and fast mode will help you maximise both convenience and savings.
3. Invest in an energy-efficient water heater
Enjoy a hot shower or bath after a long day out? Every time you use a water heater, you are actually using a substantial amount of electricity. And if your water heater is old, it could lead to inefficiency in electricity that can pile on and raise your electricity bill!
So if you are getting a new water heater soon, getting an energy-efficient one is much better for your savings in the long run.
Tip: Choose something that is both energy-efficient and compact if you have a big family and small bathrooms!
4. Use LED lights instead of incandescent bulbs
Traditional incandescent light bulbs might provide that lovely warm glow to your rooms, but LED lights help you save by making the most of your electricity consumption!
An LED bulb consumes up to 75% less energy while lasting 25 times longer than incandescent lighting.
Talk about value and savings everywhere! If you are a night owl and your house is brightly lit during the evenings, this change alone could cut a massive chunk off your electric bill.
5. Lower the temperature of your water heater
Setting your water heater to a high temperature consumes a substantial amount of electricity.
A typical water heater uses around 4,000 watts, so consistent use will definitely build up your electricity consumption, making you pay more every month!
Here are some water heater tips to help save electricity:
- Use cold water to refresh yourself in this hot weather
- Take shorter showers to save both water and electricity
- Replace your old water heater with a new, energy-efficient model
6. Set your aircon temperature to 25 degrees
What is the first thing many of us do when we reach home after a hot, sweaty day? Turn on the aircon to full blast, of course!
While that might be the quickest way to cool down your room, it is also one of the fastest ways to guzzle up electricity. You’ll jump in fright when your monthly electric bills arrive!
Try this instead: Turn up your air conditioner to 25 degrees. Then, use a fan for the next two to three minutes.
The fan will help to evenly distribute the cold air coming from your air-con, allowing you to quickly cool the entire room without using excessive amounts of electricity.
7. Choose the right electricity supply for your household needs
Saving electricity is great, but what if you can enjoy impressive savings consistently too?
With the liberalisation of Singapore’s electricity market, households across Singapore are now enjoying substantial savings off their monthly electric bill and you can too!
Living on a strict budget?
Opt for fixed-price plans that allow you to consistently pay the same electricity rates no matter how high the regulated tariff might get.
Prefer to lock in guaranteed savings without monitoring the oil or electricity markets?
The discount off tariff (DOT) plan is perfect for you where you will always enjoy a percentage discount off the regulated tariff.
8. Practice good refrigerator habits
Sure, while it is vital to keep your fridge door closed at all times, that isn’t what this energy hack is about! Reducing your electricity use for your fridge requires some creativity.
Is your fridge stocked continuously with food and drinks, or is it half empty most of the time? Keeping your fridge fully stocked will allow it to regulate its temperature more efficiently.
Not enough food to fill it up? Simple, use jugs or bottles of water as substitutes to get the job done!
9. Move your fridge one inch further away from the wall
And here’s one more handy trick you can try to help you save money from your fridge use.
Just move your fridge one inch further away from the wall. Believe it or not, you can save up to 40% of your fridge’s energy use!
In fact, by moving your fridge away from the wall, you can also access the condenser coils to clean them – removing the accumulated dust, dirt and grime that causes your fridge’s compressor to work overtime to keep your favourite food chilled.
10. Reduce sources of sunlight to increase the effectiveness of your aircon
It is hot in Singapore all year round, with temperatures averaging 32 degrees celsius.
Now, unless you are admiring the beautiful sky, having direct sunlight shining through your windows can cause a heating effect in your home.
This lowers the effectiveness of your aircon, causing it to work overtime to cool down your rooms.
You don’t want that!
When you have your air conditioner on, draw the blinds or curtains. This way, your aircon is working at maximum efficiency, and you can stay cool and comfortable without burning a hole in your wallet!
11. Make sure sunlight does not shine on the refrigerator
Having the sun shining on your refrigerator isn’t a good thing!
It’s making your compressor work harder, which means your fridge will have a shorter lifespan while using more electricity.
Position your fridge in a nice and cool area in your kitchen, preferably away from any direct sunlight.
12. Frost your windows to block out sunlight
Don’t want to worry about the placement of your home appliances and furniture? Get your windows frosted instead!
Bonus advantage: The frosted windows allow natural light to filter in while blocking out those ultraviolet rays that cause skin damage.
13. Use cold water to wash your clothes
Using cold water to wash your clothes, you can reduce your electricity use with every load!
Heating the water makes up 75-90% of energy used by your washing machine, so eliminating the heating process means more savings for your family!
Like clothes in dark or colourful shades?
Using cold water can also reduce fading and preserve your clothes for a longer time!
Pro tip: On a sunny day, sun-dry your clothes to reduce electricity use from your dryer! It’ll leave your clothes smelling fresh too.
14. Turn off your appliances when not in use
Going on vacation soon? You probably don’t realise that some of your appliances continue to utilise electricity even when you aren’t using them.
Here is a list of common household appliances that you probably leave on throughout the day that you should turn off when not in use:
- Computers (desktops & laptops)
- Internet modems
- Water heaters
It’s not just during vacation time that you need to think about turning off your appliances to save energy.
Have you turned off your TV after watching your favourite programme? You would think they aren’t consuming any electricity, but that isn’t true.
From computers to televisions and even your Wi-Fi router, leaving them on standby actually continues to consume energy throughout the day.
A better method would be to turn off your power point or power strips where your devices are connected to. This will ensure there will be no wastage of electricity when your devices are at rest, especially when you are resting for the night.
What you don’t have to turn off is your refrigerator.
Running a fridge costs just around $28 a month in Singapore anyway – you don’t want your favourite food in the fridge to go bad!
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While we are confident the tips above will give you a better idea of how to reduce electricity consumption in your household (and save money), the most consistent way to lower your electric bills is to switch to a credible and licensed electricity retailer in Singapore.
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