Switch the fan on
Use a fan to circulate the air after turning the air conditioning off once your room has been cooled. Close the doors of rooms you’re not using, to keep cool air within the spaces that you are using.
Close the curtains
Draw the curtains or blinds during the day to screen off heat. If it is too dark, install sheer curtains, which will let light in, but block out the glare and heat.
Hang clothes out to dry
Air dry clothes instead of using a dryer all the time. If you use the dryer, set the duration of the timer to 15 minutes less than your usual time.
Time your showers
Use a timer to reduce shower time and avoid wasting water.
Keep an eye out for high-energy saving ratings
The more ticks on the Energy Label, the better. For when you buy appliances – especially larger ones like fridges, washing machines and dryers.
Get energy-conserving light bulbs
They cost a little more but last much longer, making them worth it in the long run.
Light up with lamps
Use lamps only where you need it instead of the main overhead lights.
Up the temperature of your air-con
One of two degrees will do – this small shift makes a big difference in energy consumption. If your air-con unit has one, always select the “eco save” or “econo” option.
Switch off power points when not in use
For appliances such as toasters, blenders and DVD players. Even having a “standby” light on or the LCD display lit up consumes a significant amount of energy.
Service your air-con units regularly
Underperforming units are inefficient and consume more energy.
Text: Sunny De Bruyn/Home&Decor/Additional Reporting: Elizabeth Liew