Cover liquids and wrap food before storing them in the refrigerator. This is because uncovered items give out moisture which causes the compressor to work harder.
Turn off your computer when you are not planning to use it for long periods (e.g. more than 30 minutes). By leaving a desktop turned on for 8 hours, this will cost you about $240 per year.
Set the temperature at 25°C. For every degree raised, you can save about $15 per year.
Zero Waste Lifestyle
Download and use resource sharing applications such as Olio where people can share both food and non-food items. You can also join Facebook groups that encourage people to practice the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle).
Support local produce with the SG Fresh logo. When we buy local, this means that food does not have to travel as far, and we can minimise the carbon footprint of transportation processes. Plus, you can be sure that the produce is fresher and of high-quality! Here’s a list of local farms which you can buy from.
Organise beach clean-ups with your family and friends! If you are worried about logistics, write to the Public Hygiene Council for access to their CleanPods, which are fully equipped with buckets and tongs. You can also join clean-ups organised by members of the East Coast Beach Plan Telegram group.
Purchase sustainable seafood – which can be identified with eco-labels and show that the seafood is sourced sustainably. These can be found at local supermarkets such as Giant, Cold Storage and NTUC FairPrice. WWF’s Singapore Seafood Guide can also help you make informed choices and choose sustainable alternatives.W
Protecting Life On Land
Purchase paper products which have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Wood or paper products with the FSC label come from forests which have been managed carefully and consider the benefits to the environment and local community.
Reduce, reuse and recycle paper and wood products whenever you can. Aside from deforestation and habitat destruction, unsustainable pulp and paper operations also result in human rights and social conflicts. The National Environment Agency has a handy list of items that are recyclable.
Learn about our local biodiversity and the importance of protecting them. Singapore is home to many native species, including the Raffles’ banded langur and the Sunda pangolin. A healthy and thriving ecosystem also provides us with benefits such as clean water, medicine and climate regulation.