By reducing the energy usage at home, not only will you help to save the climate, you will also cut down on your electricity bills.
Print double sided, or on used paper that has been printed on one side. Make use of recycled paper whenever possible.
Recycle your used ink cartridges.
Set your air-conditioners at the optimal temperature of 25°C. On cool days, use a fan or open the windows for natural ventilation.
Unplug electronic devices, or switch them off at the plug when they are not in use. Leaving them on standby mode will still result in a phantom load of 15%.
When you are buying electrical appliances, remember to look out for the energy efficiency level of the device. Although an energy efficient appliance may cost a little bit more, you will recover the extra money spent with savings in your energy bills. Click here to find out more about Singapore’s Energy Labelling Scheme.
Make improvements to your household lighting by using energy-efficient lightbulbs such as the compact fluorescent bulbs, which provide the same energy levels as incandescent bulbs but last 4 to 10 times longer.
Switch off the lights when you leave the room. The common belief that turning on the lights will result in a surge which uses up more electricity is fallacious.
Take a shower instead of a bath as the former uses less water. Limit the duration of your shower. In tropical climates such as Singapore, there is no need to perennially heat up the water for showering. Instead, opt for cold shower which can boost blood circulation, plus it is a good way to wake up and start the day.
Turn off the tap when you are brushing your teeth. Use a rinsing cup instead.
Use recycled products wherever possible, such as recycled toilet paper.
Sort and recycle your garbage.
Use rechargeable batteries instead of the disposable types.
Recycle your water from showering to flush your toilet or wash the toilet floor.
Donate your unwanted and reusable items to a charity of a thrift shop.
Start a composting bin in your backyard to decompose food and/or organic scraps.
Use natural cleaning products such as baking soda or vinegar.