6 Eco-Friendly Home Improvements You Should Try In Singapore
A Guest Feature by Solar AI
Climate change is a frightening global problem that needs solving. In early 2021, the Singapore government announced the Green Plan 2030. They introduced a series of new sustainability goals to help us achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. While national efforts to combat climate change are amazing, this doesn’t mean that we should just wait on others to take action! There are also many ways that we can be more sustainable at home.
Let’s take a look at the top 6 eco-friendly home improvements to make your home much more sustainable!
1. 5-Ticks, 5-Ticks…
Opt for 5-ticks for maximum energy efficiency!
Here’s one of the easiest eco-friendly home improvements: electrical appliances with 5-tick Energy Label stickers. These stickers are meant to help you make a better decision when buying new appliances — always try to go with more energy-efficient appliances!
Energy Label stickers were first introduced for appliances that consume a lot of electricity like air-conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators. Today, you can find them on a wide range of electrical appliances, even on TVs and lamps.
Energy Label stickers also show you how much you can save in a year when you use an energy-efficient appliance. When shopping for new electrical appliances, always try to pick ones that have 5 ticks on their Energy Label sticker!
2. Go with LED Lights
LED lights are more energy-efficient and last longer.
To complement electric appliances with 5-tick Energy Label stickers, pick up eco-friendly LED lights for your home! These light bulbs are the most affordable option on this list and are also very easy to install. Low Emitting Diode (LED) light bulbs are made from non-toxic materials, have a longer shelf life and have better energy efficiency.
Every year, 60,000 tonnes of e-waste is collected in Singapore — including light bulbs. This is the same as getting everyone in Singapore to throw away 70 mobile phones a year! LED light bulbs last much longer than other bulbs and will definitely help to cut down on the amount of e-waste that we generate. LED lights are also many times more energy-efficient and durable than incandescent lights. They use 6 times less energy and can last 8 times longer.
The bottom line: the less energy consumed, the lighter (pun intended) the impact we have on the environment!
3. Solar Panels are the Way!
A landed property solar panel installation in Singapore
Want to make your home eco-friendly for the long haul? Installing solar panels on your rooftop is the way to go! Solar panels generate energy by converting sunlight into electricity. This is a clean process and no harmful greenhouse gases are released into the environment.
Speaking of which, did you know that the cost of solar energy has fallen by a whopping 89% in the last 10 years and is now cheaper than that of fossil fuels? Yes, you heard right! Along with being amazing for the environment, solar panels are also more affordable than ever.
What’s more, a solar panel setup in Singapore is also an investment. Solar protects you from rising electricity costs, is long-lasting and can even allow you to make a profit! You can sell excess electricity generated by your solar panels back to the grid and be paid for it.
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4. Choose Green over Brown
Get clean and green energy with solar
Installing solar panels on your roof may not be possible if you live in an HDB or condominium. Don’t worry! There’s another way for you to access solar energy — green electricity.
Most of the electricity that we use in Singapore is generated by burning natural gas. This harmful process releases hazardous gases into the environment and produces brown energy. If you don’t want to contribute to this brown energy consumption, there are two kinds of green electricity that you can tap on in Singapore: clean renewable energy and carbon-neutral energy.
Clean renewable energy is generated from renewable sources like solar panels. Meanwhile, carbon-neutral energy is a workaround and you’ll still receive brown electricity. The difference? Your electricity retailer will offset their carbon emissions with carbon offset credits. These credits are used to support other organisations that reduce carbon emissions, making the energy produced eventually “carbon neutral”.
Both types of green electricity ultimately help to reduce your home’s carbon emissions. It’s then up to you to decide if you want to pick truly renewable energy or go with the carbon offset option.
5. Green your Roof
Cover your roof with greenery for better air quality and energy efficiency.
What are green roofs? Well, they are exactly what they sound like, rooftops that have greenery on them. You should generally consult an expert to create a green roof. That said, the effort required is definitely worth it. A well-designed green roof can literally improve your house’s performance. Some benefits include better air quality around your home, reduced urban heat island effect and greater energy efficiency.
Simple Green Roofs and Elaborate Roof Gardens are the most common types of green roofs in Singapore. Simple green roofs involve semi-permanently greening a rooftop surface with low maintenance and drought-tolerant plant. On the flip side, roof gardens are made to be interacted with and usually require large and easily accessible rooftops. They are usually spotted on buildings that have enough available roof space for a wide array of plants and other fixtures.
6. Colour your Walls with Paint, not VOCs
Odourless and healthier air when your use VOC-free paint
One way to improve the air quality around your home is to do away with using conventional paint and to go with VOC-free paint. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that are found in most paints are damaging to the environment as they contribute to the formation of hazardous acid rain and smog accumulation.
Even more worryingly, VOCs can also cause various detrimental health effects. Inhaling just a small amount of VOCs can cause breathing difficulties, headaches, and nausea. They also tend to linger in the air and prolonged exposure can even cause nerve, liver and kidney damage.
Using VOC-free paint is an eco-friendly home improvement that you should definitely consider. VOC-free paints are a plant-based alternative to standard paints and don’t release chemicals that are harmful to the environment and humans.
We recommend going for gush VOC-free paints! Along with not releasing VOCs into the air, gush paints also help to purify the air in your home by breaking down VOCs from other sources — including renovation materials, new furniture and even household products like detergents.
Using sustainable home solutions are crucial to overcoming the climate crisis. Use Solar AI‘s instant solar assessment tool to get an estimate of the solar potential of your property and find out how much you can save. Combining geospatial analysis of satellite imagery with big data and artificial intelligence, they provide you with reliable and accurate solar information so that you can make a better solar choice!