How to Save Electricity and Stay Productive at Home?

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In case you haven’t noticed, the electricity consumption of Singapore households tend to increase from April till August each year due to the hotter weather. This year, one can expect even higher electricity usage with increased remote working conditions amid social distancing measures. Although the hike in electricity bills are unavoidable, here are fast and easy ways you can save electricity at home while staying productive.

While working from home

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#1 Set your PC on power-save mode

You’ll be online for approximately 8 to 10 hours. That means 8 to 10 hours of electricity consumption! Hence, it’s wise to switch to power save mode where your PC’s screen is dimmed and background tasks are limited. Don’t forget to put your PC on sleep mode whenever you take a break!

#2 Consider task light

Your lights will also be on for at least 8 hours. Consider using task light, a low energy-consuming LED table lamp used to specifically illuminate your workspace. If all else fail, set up your workstation near a window because the sun doesn’t just light up the room, but also give you your daily dose of vitamin D.

#3 Unplug when possible

If you use a tablet or laptop for work, unplug when the battery is full. Not only will this save electricity, you can literally work anywhere, i.e. on the sofa or the bed, you get the idea. 😉

#TiqOurWord If you have more than one device, avoid overloading the socket by plugging in multiple extensions. This is not only inefficient, it can also cause short circuit and fire. Be sure to check on all sockets at home to see if there’s any circuit issue. With Tiq Home Insurance, you can contact Emergency Home Assistance (EHA) 24-hour services to solve your electrical problems.

For entertainment

A young man being entertained with streaming services on his device

#1 Minimise screen brightness

You’re going to binge-watch a Netflix series for several hours. Minimising screen brightness will help you save on electricity and also save you from eye strain.

#2 Use headphones instead of speakers

Speakers require more electricity to produce sound as compared to headphones. Plus, you get better bass drops from headphones anyway.

#3 Opt for streaming services

Apple TV, YouTube and other streaming sites used on your devices require less energy as compared to a television. Unplug and keep yourself entertaining wirelessly.

In the kitchen

A man cooking a meal in the kitchen

#1 Set the right fridge temperature

Did you know that about ~6% more electricity is needed for each additional degree of refrigeration output? The most efficient temperature should be around 5°C for your fridge and -18°C for your freezer.

#2 Reduce microwave usage

Depending on what you’re heating up, a gas stove top will help you save more electricity than using a microwave. Even an electric burner uses ~25% less electricity than a microwave.

#3 Cook efficiently

Cooking uses up electricity, especially if you use an electric stove. Using a lid to close the pan can trap heat and make the food cook faster. Choosing the correct type of pan will also affect the efficiency of your cooking, such as using a griddle to cook your pancakes, saucepan to cook your rice and sauté pan for your vegetables.

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Other home appliances

Controlling the setting of your air-conditioner is one of the best ways to save electricity at home

#1 Air-conditioner

Yes, the weather is hot. But use the AC sparingly by setting a timer of 1-2 hours to avoid overusing it. Set the temperature at 25°C to keep the room nice and cool. You can also switch to Dry mode, which is more energy efficient and helps reduce the humidity in a room. Consider changing to inventor AC for a more energy efficient cooling experience.

#2 Water heater

The weather is already hot enough, so reduce your hot water shower time. You will save water and electricity. Want more ways to save water at home? Read here.

#3 Washing machine

As each wash cycle uses the same amount of energy, wait for a full load of clothes before doing your laundry. This helps lessen the number of times you use the washer each week. And if possible, choose a shorter cycle every time.

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Unplug with some peace of mind

A family having fun together without the need for devices or electricity

During these tough and uncertain times, making little changes to save electricity can go a long way in cutting expenses. You can also prevent unexpected expenses deriving out of accidents at home with Tiq Home Insurance. Save even more with 15% discount and get additional 5% off during our Friday promotions. Protect your home and loved ones now. Terms apply.


Information is accurate as at 19 August 2020. This policy is underwritten by Etiqa Insurance Pte. Ltd. (Company Reg. No. 201331905K). Protected up to specified limits by SDIC.

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