Introducing xGreen Initiative

Shaun Ho YL
| February 2020

The Advent of Green Technology

When you glance around your household, are you able to identify products that are more “energy-efficient”? Have you become more energy-saving compared to a decade ago? Chances are that you might be.

Indeed, energy efficiency has become an increasingly prominent performance indicator for electronics and appliances in recent years.

As environmental sustainability becomes an increasingly relevant concern for technological implementations and advancements, the emphasis on green technology has extended towards both the public and private spheres in the present era of climate change.

At the individual level, green technology includes the use of energy-saving products in the daily setting. Collectively, little efforts count towards piecing the puzzle of an eco-friendly nation. 

Introducing “xGreen” Initiative

Because we know you care for the space you live in, we want to join you in contributing towards environmental sustainability. This month, Ximple will be starting a new initiative centred around green technology and practices, which we coin as the xGreen initiative. 

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As part of the initiative, scheduled blog posts will be released to provide you with information on consumption habits that you can adopt to reduce your environmental footprint. To help you with your consumption decisions, we will also provide reviews and recommendations on eco-friendly products, which you can use to save both the earth and your wallets!

Energy Efficiency Standards in Household Products

A growing number of countries has begun to establish energy efficiency standards among household products to inform and encourage consumers to switch to energy-saving alternatives. Concurrently, less eco-friendly products are progressively being phased out.

In Singapore and Malaysia, the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) define the power efficiency that a product should perform at for it to be legally supplied. Most recently in Singapore, with effect from November 2019, the MEPS for incandescent bulbs will be raised, and MEPS will also be introduced for fluorescent lamp ballasts.

This does not imply, however, that you need to scrimp on your bills or compromise your lifestyle to save the environment! On the contrary, energy-efficient products often help consumers achieve the same, or even greater utility in powering their homes, all while using fewer resources (and suffering fewer blows to their wallets). 

Saving the Earth, Saving on your Energy Bills

Switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the fastest ways to save on your energy bills. If you have recently switched from using incandescent bulbs to LED bulbs, you might have noticed a drop in your energy bills. The benefits of LED lights are shown below, as summarised by the National Environment Agency (NEA). 

Even with features of adjustable brightness and colour, energy-saving LED bulbs are often less power intensive. As a renowned brand for smart lighting, Yeelight has even gone a step further in the energy-saving game with the newer, more energy-efficient version of their Smart LED Bulb. With the same features and performance, the power consumption of the Yeelight LED Bulb 1S is 15% lower than its previous generation. Check out Yeelight’s energy-saving products at selected Mi Stores in Singapore and Malaysia, or visit its webstore at https://www.lazada.sg/shop/ttg-sg and official website at https://www.yeelight.asia/

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What are energy-efficient products? And how do we define them? 

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Energy efficiency encompasses much more than lighting products. In Singapore and Malaysia, labels on energy efficiency rating are affixed onto regulated products to allow consumers to compare energy efficiency and make informed purchasing decisions. A higher rating suggests that a product is more energy-efficient, i.e. the product consumes less energy to deliver the same utility.

Aligned with our mission to help you in being a Smart Shopper and Smart Owner, Ximple has compiled a list of guidelines to help you on your journey towards making the most out of your utility bills. In the subsequent posts, we will explain these labelling schemes in more detail, and provide some energy-saving tips to help you make a greater bang for your buck. Keep watching this space and stay tuned! 

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