Apps for consumers, outreach to schools, on ways to save energy

16 Nov 2017

We thank Mr Jasper Koh Jing Ran for his feedback to raise greater public awareness on the environmental impact of excessive electricity consumption, in his letter, “Drive up educational outreach to promote greener energy use” (Nov 6).

By reducing electricity consumption, consumers will pay less for their utility, and help reduce carbon emissions.

The Energy Market Authority (EMA) and the National Environment Agency (NEA), together with partners like the SP Group, actively reach out to consumers through our websites, apps, roadshows and games to share tips and encourage energy conservation.

The Energy Heroes: It’s Your Power! campaign that EMA and SP Group initiated in 2014 has helped over 52,000 students in 75 schools understand the importance of energy efficiency through interactive games and activity toolkits.

NEA also deployed an interactive energy efficiency game at 10 public libraries between April 2016 and March 2017, attracting more than 30,000 plays. In addition, the SP Group has an Energy Efficiency Centre where students can visit to learn simple energy efficiency tips and home energy audit.

For the general public, the SP Utilities mobile application and its re-designed utilities bill help consumers understand and better manage their energy consumption.

Consumers can also make use of the Life Cycle Cost Calculator found on NEA’s myENV mobile application to compare the life-cycle cost of electrical appliances such as air-conditioners, and make more informed purchasing decisions.

At the recent Energy-Saving Challenge organised by NEA and SP Group, close to 7,000 households participated and saved a total of 330,000 kWh, which is enough to power 1,000 three-room flats for more than a month.

EMA and NEA will continue our publicity and outreach programmes on energy efficiency and conservation, as part of the Government’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

Dr Alvin Yeo
Director, Industry Development Department
Energy Market Authority

Mr Ang Kok Kiat
Director, Energy Efficiency & Conservation Department
National Environment Agency

Drive up educational outreach to promote greener energy use – Jasper Koh Jing Ran
7 November 2017

I applaud the Government for taking steps to harness greener energy, aiming to reduce carbon emissions by 132,500 tonnes each year (“848 more HDB blocks to be installed with solar panels”; Nov 1).

However, one of the root causes for uncontrolled carbon emissions is the lack of public awareness and knowledge.

Earlier this year, the Energy Market Authority (EMA) announced that a new online information portal will be made available in the second half of 2018, to allow consumers to make more informed decisions on their electricity purchase plans (“New online platform for electricity retailers set to jolt energy market”; July 13). This is good because with greater access to relevant information,
consumers can become more aware of the negative environmental impact potentially brought about by excessive use of electricity.

EMA can create greater awareness among the public by boosting its publicity outreach and education efforts. First, by using social media to share tips on the ways to fully use the online portal to manage energy use. Second, by doing more to educate students in schools on the consequences of excessive energy usage. The value of education is important when it comes to tackling environmental issues.

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