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10 Easy Ways to Save Energy & Money in Your Home

A flick of the switch and our homes are illuminated, cooled, connected, and ready to indulge us with many modern conveniences without a second thought to it. Well, at least until the next utility bill arrives!
From July 2018, increased tariffs for water and electricity usage will make your eyes tear a lot more when you realise that, unlike your free-flowing tears, nothing in modern Singapore is free.
Whether you are a new home-owner or just thinking of sprucing up your home with some renovations, there is always a good time to learn how you can be a warrior for Mother Earth. And even if you are not terribly green-conscious, you have to agree that saving energy in your home reduces harmful emissions released into our environment and you get to PAY LESS for your utility bill at the end of the month!
Buy energy-efficient appliances 1. Yes, those 4 or 5 green ticks you see on appliances such as air-conditioners, washing machines or refrigerators are important. In fact, since 1 September 2014, more stringent criteria has been used to ensure an appliance is highly energy-efficient.

Buying an energy-efficient appliance may appear to cost more initially, but the savings they offer on energy consumption can be enjoyed within a year.

As the air-conditioner and refrigerator tend to use the most energy among all other appliances at home, it would be very prudent to buy only the energy-efficient models.
Air-conditioner : set it right 2. Clean or change the air filters as a clogged filter means your machine has to work harder to cool the room, resulting in more electricity being used. Better yet, get an air-con servicing done every 4 months by a professional.
3. Set the thermostat to 24°C instead of 20°C Celsius. Did you know that for every degree Celsius you raise, cooling costs can be reduced between 7 and 10 percent?

4. Set a timer for your air-con to turn off 2 hours before you wake up. Use a ceiling or standing fan to circulate the cool air around your room in order to reduce energy consumption.

5. It is better to open and close your fridge door multiple times when loading groceries than to leave the door open once for a longer time. This helps to keep energy consumption down and even prolongs the lifespan of your fridge.

6. Keep your fridge and freezer at their ideal temperature: between 2°C and 3°C for the fridge and -18°C for your freezer.

7. Washing your clothes with cold water instead of hot water saves you money on the heat factor. Plus, only start your washing machine when you have a full load to optimise energy consumption.
Refrigerator : the power of knowledge 5. It is better to open and close your fridge door multiple times when loading groceries than to leave the door open once for a longer time. This helps to keep energy consumption down and even prolongs the lifespan of your fridge.

6. Keep your fridge and freezer at their ideal temperature: between 2°C and 3°C for the fridge and -18°C for your freezer.

Washing Machine : go cold 7. Washing your clothes with cold water instead of hot water saves you money on the heat factor. Plus, only start your washing machine when you have a full load to optimise energy consumption.
Dryer: toss in the towel 8. Add a dry towel to your damp load to reduce drying time and energy usage significantly. In addition, consider hanging your clothes to dry on a rack once a week to increase your savings.
Lighting : see the difference 9. Switch to LED bulbs as these convert 95% of energy into light and only 5% is wasted as heat. Its ability to focus light in one direction means you now need less bulbs to illuminate an area more efficiently. Less energy used means you enjoy more savings compared to using traditional lighting such as fluorescent and incandescent lights.

To avoid electrical fires, call only a licensed electrician to re-wire your home and inspect your light fittings.
Water: every drop counts 10. Reduce your use of water by making sure your tap isn’t running as you brush your teeth, soap your hands, or shave. In addition, repair a leak fast. A tap that is dripping or a toilet that is leaky can result in 20 to 50 litres of water being wasted each day.

Call a PUB licensed plumber to inspect and do all water and sanitary works to prevent complications arising.
Share these tips so we can all help reduce energy consumption in our world. Lower energy usage means we can do our part to reduce carbon emissions into the environment!
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