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Is It Possible To Go Green For A Singapore Home?

By Singapore Home Guy On July 13, 2009 Under Green Homes

The trend nowadays is about going green, save the earth, plant more trees or plants, save energy. So the 2 questions revolving to this trend in Singapore: “Is it possible to go green Singapore our home here?” and “What is in for me if I go green?”

To answer the first question is that it can be done, but it will costly if you go this route initially and after that you will experience your monthly cost like electricity bills and even water bills to go down dramatically. We are unlike other countries which experience seasonal changes, typically we experience summer throughout the year. Let’s see what we can do to help reduce our bills and save the earth at the same time:

Use energy saving electrical appliances. As the countries around the world have taken into consideration of energy saving and going green, it makes sense for the electrical appliance companies to reduce the electrical consuming of the appliances. I have seen the new energy saving washing machines that save 30% of the old type of washing machines, and refrigerators that save 20% more in the long run too. So when you are out going shopping for a new electrical home appliances, make sure to read the labels that state energy saving.

Another thing that takes up a lot electricity are the lightnings in our home. We use lights to brighten up in the night. There are now energy saving light that not just save electricity but also the life span is so much longer than the previous lights (fluorescent light) that consumes about 25 ~ 35 watts an hour, but for the new LED light that last 3 times longer life span, and yet is only using 30% of what the fluorescent light are using.

Using solar panel. This is more for the landed property in Singapore. You can use the solar panel as electricity for the light during the night. You can use two different source for the light system in your home, one is the normal electricity from PUB, the other is from the energy generated from the solar panel. This way you can rest assure that you will have lights brighten up in your home.

Using white colour paint for your walls. As you know that Singapore is a tropical country that has sun throughout the year, so it will be hot throughout as well. By using white walls, you can make your home look brighter and it will also reflect the light from your home too. You can reduce the electricity in your home by just switching on the fans instead of air conditioning.

Well there are small little ways that do not cost you to go green in Singapore, by unplugging the plugs of the electrical appliances if not in use, this can save you like additional 5 ~ 10% of the electricity bill, as electricity are being sucked up if you on the switch or leave it plug to the electrical source, they are called electric vampires.

You might be asking, how we measure the amount of money I will be using for a year. I have found a web page by the Singapore government; you can calculate how much money you will be spending in a certain amount of hours. Do note that this is a gauge, and it’s not 100% accurate. Check your electricity usage here.

So be very conscious to make your home a greener place and money saving place to live in Singapore. If you have any things to share in regards to the topic, feel free to share in the comment below.

One comment - add yours
Michelle Sarah

May 6, 2010

Hello! Love the tips, especially the one on white walls! My family have always loved our home to be bright all the time, and this is easily achievable by having our walls painted in very light pastel colours 🙂

We would also like to share that we have been turning all our kitchen food scraps and household wastes (e.g. newspaper and empty toilet rolls) into fertiliser for plants! This is possible even though we live in HDB flat.

We are so thrilled by the results that we have recorded our composting experiences on our blog at http://compostinginsingapore.wordpress.com

Going green is definitely a satisfying and cost-effective way to live, especially in these high-consumerism and consumption days 🙂

No more “buy, use, and throw”! You can also follow our twitter updates on green happenings in Singapore and around the world at http://twitter.com/CompostingInSG

Have a blessed week! 🙂