Assalamualaikum and a very good day everyone! I feel really inspired to write about “Sustainable Smart Living House” as another effort to support energy efficiency and sustainable energy measures promoted by SEDA Malaysia. Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Malaysia is formed under the Sustainable Energy Development Authority Act 2011 [Act 726] and SEDA Malaysia becomes the implementer of the Feed-in Tariff program for the development of renewable energy effort in Malaysia. I am sure that all of you are familiar with the roles being played by SEDA Malaysia with their commitment in providing better future for the country right?
“Sustainable Smart Living House” might be an unfamiliar phrase. It sounds expensive and alien to most of us. I know that some of you are already thinking about robots managing the house with technical items installed at every corner of the house, is it true? A sustainable house means using energy efficiently and not more than necessary. As we are all aware, electricity is the main source of energy used at home and if we use so much of energy, we are actually contributing to the Renewable Energy Fund administered by SEDA Malaysia. But how could this happen?
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Malaysia’s Feed-in Tariff system requires the Distribution Licensees (DLs) such as Tenaga Nasional Berhad and NUR Distribution Sdn. Bhd. (NUR) with this year’s addition of Sabah Electricity Sdn. Bhd (SESB) to buy from renewable energy producers the electricity produced by them. FiT rates are set by SEDA Malaysia with approval from KeTTHA to pay for the renewable energy supplied to the electricity grid for a specific duration. By having access to the grid and setting a favorable price per unit of renewable energy, the FiT mechanism also ensures that renewable energy becomes a viable and sound long-term investment for companies, industries and individuals. This can happen very easily if consumers are registered under SEDA Malaysia as one of the producers of renewable energy through solar panels, small hydro power, biomass and biogas at their homes or private lands.
The Cabinet has also agreed for the surcharge on consumers’ electricity bills that has been gazetted and collected from consumers. 1% surcharge is needed to achieve the target capacity of renewable energy in the long run. As of 2013, 1% surcharge was imposed on all electricity customers and domestic electricity consumers are obliged to contribute to the surcharge only if their monthly electricity consumption exceeds 300 kWh or RM 77 a month. This money is channelled into the Renewable Energy Fund and administered by SEDA Malaysia to pay the premium Feed-in Tariff rate to those producers who generate electricity from renewable resources at homes or in industrial companies. However, as of January 2014, this surcharge increases by 0.6% to be 1.6 % for current electricity users. This increase will also affect the consumers in Sabah and Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan as they are charged with 1.6% of their electricity bills for the first time. Please refer to www.seda.gov.my for more news and information about this tariff.
So, based on the above reasons, we must take several methods in saving energy usage in our house. I will provide you with some possible ways to have your own “Sustainable Smart Living House”. Remember that everyone can take part in this small effort to inculcate an efficient living habit within ourselves. Let us begin with a small but consistent step by applying these approaches:
-Purchase 5-star energy efficient fans or air-conditioner.
-Use suitable curtain to reduce heat transfer into the room.
-Use air-conditioner only when it is needed and set the timer.
-Use appropriate fan speed and temperature of the air-conditioner.
-Use task lighting to light up work desk.
-Do not leave your desktop or laptop on standby mode.
-Unplug router when not in use to save energy and to protect it from electric surges during thunderstorms.
-Buy solar water heater if possible to save energy.
-Unplug electrical appliances such as hair dryers when not in use.
-Do not take unnecessary long showers to conserve electricity and water.
-Use energy efficient light bulbs.
-Opt for hybrid or electric car if possible.
-Avoid taking unnecessary trips as it wastes money and fuel.
-Drive a car that is suitable to your needs, nothing too big or too small.
-Install daylight sensor to ensure that the light is switched on accordingly.
-Make use of natural light as much as possible.
-Turn off and unplug appliances when not in use.
-Use 5-star energy efficient electrical appliances.
Dining hall and kitchen:
-Reheat or cook smaller portions of food.
-Reduce background lighting in the dining room.
-Concentrate lighting when and where it is needed.
-Buy appropriate size of refrigerator and microwave for your household.
-Avoid placing warm food inside the refrigerator as it uses more energy to cool it down.
-Wash in cold water if possible.
-Sort your clothes and wash at full load.
-Iron as many clothes as possible at one time.
-Reserve space for grassy area to reduce heat.
-Plant trees and flower pots to improve air quality.
-Use clay bricks because it absorbs heat better.
-Use double-glazed windows to reflect heat and UV rays.
-Install solar rooftops to generate free energy from the sun.
-Install skylight at the rooftop to ensure outside air enters the house.
-Rainwater harvesting to water the garden and wash your vehicles.
-Use roof insulation to reduce heat entering and cold air escaping the house.
Alright that is all that I can describe about “Sustainable Smart Living House” for now. I hope that all of you are clear about the simple steps that can be taken and some beneficial investment that can be made if you want to use your energy efficiently. I will see you again in my next blog post, thank you for reading!