Assalamualaikum and a very good day! How is everybody doing? I hope that all is well insyaallah. Alright, I am so excited to share with you guys and girls simple steps in using energy efficiently at home, at work or anywhere else. I am sure that all of you are aware that the electricity we are buying from Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) is not cheap right? It all depends on:
-the duration of usage,
-the size of the family and living habits,
-the types of electrical appliances we use at home and
-the age and the condition of that particular electrical items.
Before we begin, let me define the meaning of "energy efficiency". "Energy efficiency" means using electricity wisely in order to accomplish the same tasks by paying less for its service and gaining more from it. In Malay, it is easily known as "kecekapan tenaga" and how can we ensure of energy efficiency in our daily life?
The answer is very simple. Do not use electricity more than is necessary. It will save up some of your money depending on how much you can save from your daily electrical consumption. Do you want to have lower electricity bills and help preserve a greener tomorrow for your future generations? Well, most homes can easily reduce 10% of their electricity consumption without compromising their comfort levels if you know how. Now, I am going to tell you the secrets...
The kitchen is a good place to start because major part of electricity needs amounts at about 45% here. An average family spends about RM 80-RM 170 per month in a low or medium-cost house. You need to start your own auditing to find out where energy is use and wasted. For starters, switch off and unplug all electricity equipment and appliances when not in use. This is because, the appliances will still consume little energy from the power source. Then, you should run your washing machine when it is full and iron as many clothes at one time. By doing this, you are also saving water and your own time at once. Among other easy steps that can be taken are:
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-Use energy efficient T5 or LED bulbs.
-Adjust lighting to your needs and use free sunlight during the day.
-Shut the doors and windows when the air-conditioner is running to avoid infiltration.
-Set indoor temperature between 23-25 degree Celsius for air-conditioner at work or home.
-Use reasonable tinted film or adjustable curtains to minimize solar heat from entering the room.
Use energy efficient equipment and appliances in your kitchen, living room, bedroom and everywhere within your house. Purchase energy efficient appliances with 5 Star Energy label for refrigerator, air-conditioner, stand fan and television. Replace old appliances after a very long time because they consume energy the most. Now I hope that all of you realize that using energy efficiently is very simple and what matters most, you do not pay for what you do not use. I am starting to use energy efficiently in my residential college and I hope that we can together work to cool and green the earth.
This message is brought to you by SEDA Malaysia, the implementer of Feed-in Tariff program for development of Renewable Energy in Malaysia. Malaysia's Feed-in Tariff (FiT) system obligates the Distribution Licensees (DLs) such as TNB to buy from renewable energy producers the electricity produced from renewable resources (renewable energy) and sets the FiT rates. Under the law the DLs will pay for renewable energy supplied to the electricity grid for a specific duration. By guaranteeing access to the grid and setting a favourable price per unit of renewable energy, the FiT mechanism would ensure that renewable energy becomes a viable and sound long-term investment for companies industries and also for individuals.
The Cabinet has in principle agreed for the 1 % surcharge on consumers’ electricity bills which has been gazetted and collected from consumers. 1 % surcharge is needed to achieve the target capacity of RE in the energy mix. Currently, 1% surcharge is imposed to all electricity consumers if their monthly electricity consumption exceeds 300 kWh or their monthly electricity bills cost more than RM 77 a month. This money is channelled into the Renewable Energy Fund or RE Fund and administered by SEDA Malaysia and used to pay the premium Feed-in Tariff rate. For more information, please refer to www.seda.gov.my. Take care and God bless, I will see you in my next blog post.