3-month challenge to reduce household energy consumption launched in South West district

SINGAPORE - More than 2,000 households in the South West district can soon take part in a three-month challenge to help them reduce their energy consumption.

Starting in April, residents will be able to use the Singapore Power (SP) Services mobile app to track their household's power usage and compare it with that of their neighbours within the same block. The app allows users to set targets for each month as well, and show them their monthly savings.

To explain the use of this smart technology, about 200 volunteers including SP staff, grassroots volunteers and students from the Institute of Technical Education College West will be visiting households in the coming weeks.

The identified households come from 17 blocks - one from each division in the district.

Power Savers-for-Charity @ South West, launched on Sunday (Jan 31) by Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Mr Masagos Zulkifli, will also see the South West Community Development Council and SP matching savings from participating households and donating this amount to needy families in the area.

According to Ms Low Yen Ling, mayor of the South West district, the initiative combines the message of energy conservation with the drive to do good.

She said:"We hope the motivation of a good cause to save energy will help our residents adopt a green lifestyle that will lead to long-term positive change."

Mr Wong Kim Yin, chief executive of Singapore Power Group, added that efforts such as this community initiative contribute to meeting objectives of the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint, which aims to reduce emissions intensity by 35 per cent.

He wants to "empower more members of the public with tools" such as the app, to help them "be aware of their consumption, save energy and protect the environment".

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