Over the past few years, OTSAW has realigned itself to focus on a sustainable business model which not only would change the way we work, but also the way we live. The following suggestions are seemingly small but highly effective ways to optimise and save energy at home or in the office that can also help protect our environment and continue to promote economic development. According to the United Nations Energy, efficiency in buildings can dramatically reduce emissions and promote climate change mitigation.
1. Switch your fluorescent light bulbs to LED light bulbs
You can save up to almost 90% on energy as compared to a traditional bulb by simply switching to fluorescent light bulbs. Incandescent bulbs and halogen bulbs have the highest wattage, putting ranking them way down the wide list of energy–efficient choices.
2. Unplug unused electronics
If an electronic device is plugged in, the standby power can account for 10% of an average household’s annual electricity use. Furthermore, it’s also much safer. For example, a fire can’t suddenly ignite from an electrical spark and you won’t put yourself or anyone at risk from an electric shock. Here is some more compelling data regarding seemingly dormant electronic products still plugged into the socket. If you have a newer television set, it is designed to constantly draw power when it is plugged in so that it can turn on instantly. Using a power strip with switches are a convenient method to easily switch off the power supply.
3. Not home? Turn off the air conditioner (AC). Home all day? Turn up the thermostat
If you aren’t home for a number of lengthy hours, then its best to turn the AC off. If you are home, then switching the AC on and off during a hot day, can actually use more energy. The AC works harder to cool the room down then maintaining a constant temperature setting.
If you choose to use the AC, make sure all the windows are closed, sealed properly and use shades to help keep the sun out to help cool the room down.
4. Run full washing machine loads
Even cutting one load per week by consolidating your laundry can save energy in addition to saving on your energy and water bills. Using cold water on less soiled items as opposed to regularly using hot water helps too.
5. Cut down on the use of the clothes dryer
Are you guilty of conveniently throwing all your clothes in the dryer? The energy use of a dryer can vary between 1800 watts and 5000 watts. It generally sits near the top of the list for highest energy consumption for electrical appliances. Use the dryer only as the last resort and try to air dry clothes.
6.Take shorter showers
While everyone enjoys taking a hot shower, the process of heating up water is expensive on energy and water bills. When washing your hair, turn the tap off to lather. And if it happens to be a hot day, then why not opt for a cooler shower too?
7. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth, scrubbing your hands, and shaving
There are many opportunities for us to save water while we are going through our daily routine in the bathroom. Do you leave the tap running when you aren’t actually using it? If so, then there are more pennies to be saved which through time could potentially amount to quite an enviable stack of pennies!
8. Fix any leaky faucets or showerheads
Constantly listening to that drip, drip, drip at home or in the office? Then there’s no more opportune time than right now to fix it for once and all. You’ll be surprised how much energy and water you can save in a year.
9.Turn off unnecessary lights
When entering or exiting a room, cultivate the easy but effective good habit to switch off the lights, especially during the day. Using natural light is said to illuminate 20 to 100 times its area. And best of all, it’s free!
10. Use targeted task lighting
Install table lamps, ceiling tracks or under-counter lights to help you get your task done. Many times, we don’t actually need a full light capacity to perform a specific task.
OTSAW is determined to promote saving energy and promoting sustainability. In our offices, we have installed state-of-the-art sensors in every power source so we are able to monitor the amount of energy being used through each month and year. Coupled with an app, we are notified to switch off unused lights, computers, TV screens etc. at the touch of a button. These simple yet sophisticated network of sensors can be installed in your homes and offices too. OTSAW looks to continue promoting ‘smart homes’ and ‘smart offices’ as it paves the path to bringing ‘smart cities’ of the future to all of us today.