Whether you are at home or in office, air conditioning is your lifeline during the hot summer months in Singapore. However, the skyrocketing electricity bills during the summer may have you sweating even more profusely!
Though air conditioners are notorious electricity-guzzlers, they will not burn a hole in your pocket, if used judiciously. The energy saving tips recommended by the SRP time-of-use price plan will help you significantly cut down electricity consumption for cooling.
The most important step is to install a programmable thermostat, using which you can cool the house during the non-peak hours. This way you will reduce the cost of cooling without compromising on your comfort.
Rather than close the air vents in unused portions of the house, adjust the vents such that the airflow to these portions is reduced. If you shut off the vents in some areas, it will create a pressure difference that will hamper the effectiveness of your air conditioning system.
Implement an annual service schedule for your air conditioner to maximize its efficiency and avoid critical repairs like aircon chemical overhaul. Another measure to save electricity is to change filters on a monthly basis. If the filters are clean, they will allow sufficient airflow for proper cooling.
If you have a combined unit comprising air conditioner and evaporative cooler, keep the door between the units closed when operating air conditioner. Do not operate both units together because one increases humidity for cooling your home, while the other removes humidity. So, if both are operated at the same time, more electricity is used for effective functioning.
Getting back to the basics, maintaining air circulation is vital for comfort during summer. Use the good old ceiling fans, pedestal fans or portable fans to keep the air moving in the room rather than reach for the thermostat.
Look closer at the doors and windows in your home. Are they contributing to the heat in the house? Glass windowpanes allow heat to enter. So, do gaps and cracks around door and window frames. Based on your taste and home decor, you can choose from reflective films or shade screens or canopies for the glass windowpanes.