Tips for the Home: How to Save On Your Electricity Bills Every Month!
We know a home is forever; what you put in it will (hopefully) stay with you for life. Quality renovations, household appliances and furniture do cost a pretty penny. On top of that, monthly electricity and utility bills can add up to quite a bit if you do not know how to live efficiently. Here are 5 tips to creating a more energy efficient home and cutting that utility bill!
1.More Fans, Less Air-Conditioners
With Singapore’s heat and humidity, reaching for the air-conditioner remote is almost second nature. The next time your fingers inch towards the remote, remember that a typical air-conditioner unit uses 20 times more energy than a ceiling fan every hour! Compare this to an energy efficient fan, which only operates at 1% of the energy of an air-conditioner per hour.
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So instead of using the air-conditioner, you can opt for a ceiling fan that is both powerful and chic. From wooden to metal blades, you’re sure to find something that fits your house theme perfectly. Or perhaps choose from the many energy efficient fans available on Lazada!
2.Weather Strip ALL Gaps!
Even when your air-conditioner unit is set on low wind speed, a secret to even more energy (and bill!) saving is to seal the gaps in places like underneath your doors. A weather strip, which normally comes with self-adhesive for easy installation, is a fool-proof method to seal those unavoidable gaps!
Homeowners can expect to save an average of 5-10% on your energy bill, just by fixing air leaks with weather stripping.
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3. Use Appropriately Sized Pots and Pans
The general rule of thumb is to use an appropriately-sized pan when you’re in the kitchen. An estimated 40% of the heat produced by an 8-inch burner will be wasted by using a 6-inch pan! Not to mention, losing heat means longer cooking time. So benefit from both energy and cost savings even as you cook, by getting a pan of the right size.
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4. Save More with Larger Washing Loads
A common misconception that most homeowners have is that underloading the washing machine reduces the energy consumed every wash. However, an important tip all homeowners should know is that washing one large load at a higher setting consumes less energy than two loads on lower settings.
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Furthermore, front loaders tend to be more energy efficient (in warm water), using less detergent and significantly less water than top loaders.
5. Smart Soil Gardens
If you’re a fan of using Pantone colours, you’ll know that Greenery was the colour of the year. Maybe your walls are now green. Maybe your sofas are green. And if you’re a little less zealous, maybe you’re still deliberating over which indoor plant to get.
Botany confuses us just as much – some thrive in the shade, some require daily watering (how much is too much?), and oh the horror, do they have to be repotted? Click & Grow’s smart soil gardens use science and technology to optimise plant growth, with zero effort gardening on your end. That means less watering, less water usage and lower utility bills!
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