6 Ways to Save Electricity Cost on Air Conditioner

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We are well into the spring in Singapore and summer is fast approaching. Needless to say that heat and humidity are perennial conditions in an equatorial climate zone such as ours. Air conditioning is a must and its energy bills tend to make us bite the dust. So, let’s see how we can save 10%-20% of our energy bill through a few simple steps and some discipline.

 

  1. Weatherise – don’t let the cool air escape

The idea is to not let cold air slip out of worn out doors, window seals & cracks.  More often than not, this is an issue faced in older units and properties. It is a very simple problem to solve. Just stand outside your doors and windows, run your hands along the edges. If you feel air escaping, just simple caulking (i.e. application of sealants) and insulation around leaky edges will go a long way in sealing the air in. And of course, avoid committing the cardinal sin of using air conditioner with your doors & windows open.

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5 things to take note of before you sign a tenancy agreement

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Singapore is the global hub of Asia where the East meets the West. People around the globe travels to and more often settles in the island nation for a shorter or longer period of time. The demand for rented houses, therefore, remains high perennially. If you have been lucky to find your dream space after many days of struggle, rejoice not until you have read and understood the tenancy agreement thoroughly. We give you five pointers to take note of which will make your life a lot easier.

 

  1. Handing over the property when you vacate

 

Wondering why handing over the property when you vacate finds itself to the top of the discussion points even before having the property handed over to you to move-in? Well, it’s important.

Your rental agreement should have a clause indicating the current state and condition of the property including furniture and other items and how the owner expects it to be returned after the tenancy period.

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Futuristic Eco-Cooler uses zero electricity and recycled plastic bottles!

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Living in a tropical country, we, Singaporeans often complain about the rising temperature courtesy global warming and hackneyed burning of forests by our neighbours. The heat is unbearable and life without air-conditioned interiors is unimaginable. Every house has two or three aircons installed to escape the hot weather.

 

(While writing this article, I am seated far from the window to avoid direct sunlight else it will burn my computer off)

 

However, we are not the worst affected comparing how other places on the earth fare. Let’s go to Rajbari in Bangladesh and inspect the conditions there. During the months of March –April, the average temperature soars above 45 degrees C. There are about 28,000 people living in tin huts. Being a flood prone region, tin is used to construct huts in rural Bangladesh instead of mud. Unlike the mud, tin heats up when sun rays fall directly on it and it wouldn’t take much of your imagination to realize how horrendous it is to live in such shelters especially during scorching summers.

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LIFE = Attitude + Resilience + Dreams + Support

Dear Children,

I met with one of Singapore’s most inspiring woman of your time. Her name is Yip Pin Xiu and she is a double 2016 Paralympic champion in Swimming! The Rio Paralympic Games in Brazil ran from 7th to 18th September right after Olympics and it saw through 528 events including canoeing and triathlon for the first time. I was in awe. Her [all the Paralympians’] courage and dedication are beyond many and to think she broke World Records despite her disability made me look at life differently.

Do you know that Pin Xiu 姐姐*, who has muscular dystrophy, would have experienced her greatest downturn when she could no longer walk at 13 years of age? Muscular dystrophy is a muscle disease that weakens the muscles over time and Pin Xiu 姐姐 was born with it. She probably sat and sulked for a bit but her achievements epitomised her will to stand up again and no one else can bring her to where she is today except herself. It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out but that grain of sand in your shoe. OBSTACLES are real and you being able-bodied with a healthy mind would have crossed the hurdle a lot easier than our special needs friends. How much effort is put into training for the Paralympic Games? No lesser than the Olympians. How many times have Pin Xiu 姐姐 fell short of her own achievements before succeeding? Countless. Prevail my children. In whatever stands in your way because you may unfailingly reach your goals.

My mother loved singing me to sleep with this Chinese folklore:
媚媚
不要怕
妳是好娃娃
自己跌倒自己爬
妳看山上为你开满红花
我们是好娃娃
要自己跌倒自己爬
媚媚 is my name. The song tells you not to be afraid when you fall because look! If you do not stand up, you would have never seen that beautiful mountain filled with flowers that are blooming just for you. Remember to rise again when you fall.

 

“Do not worry about things you cannot control. We cannot control tomorrow. The only thing we should focus on is Today, the present. Only through your own efforts will you be able to live each day fully. Live the Moment.”
– Yip Pin Xiu [2016]

Oh I know. You are gong to say that this is easier said than done. It takes a lot of wisdom and tenacity to Live The Moment. Yet, this is the most beautiful manner to live; to enjoy; to appreciate.

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How to get rid of the smoke

Get Rid of that Smoke Smell From Home

Smoke is a combination of solid, liquid and gaseous particulates. It is generally a by-product of any burning/combustion activity. At homes, smoke is generally produced by cooking and burning tobacco products. In such homes, the residents get used to the smoke smell, a newcomer may asphyxiate. So how does one get rid of this smoke irrespective of its source. One just needs two ingredients, baking soda & vinegar, and a resolve to get rid of smoke.

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How to Speed-Clean Your Kitchen

How to Speed-Clean Your Kitchen

The most likely place to carry the maximum stains in your home is your kitchen. But, surprisingly, it is also the easiest to clean too. So follow some simple tools and get the sparkle back in your kitchen.

Tip 1: Remove stains from the kitchen platform: Hydrogen peroxide is the easiest cleaner available to remove stains of tea/coffee or juice any other such beverage from your stone platform. Simply add some Hydrogen Peroxide to water and see the stain vanishing with a simple buff. However, if the stains are tough then trusted professional help may be needed to bring back the gloss

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5 ways to freshen up bathroom

5 Ways to Freshen up Your Bathroom

You probably spend hours making your home look good. Spare a thought the smallest room in your home – the bathroom. It costs you a fraction compared to your homes makeover, but you will fall in love with it once it is complete. It will also not take you more than a day to arrange make-over items. In most cases, you can do it yourselves, but in some cases if the cleaning is not done for prolonged period of time, you may need a professional help though.  So let’s begin!

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5 home hygiene myths busted

5 Home Hygiene Myths Busted

We spend close to half of our lives in our homes. Our home is our bastion that not only protects us from the elements, but also helps us live some of our most cherished moments. It is imperative that we focus on maintaining our home hygiene at the best possible level. Stop doing the injustice to yourselves and leave the age old fashioned methods of home cleaning. Here are some of the age old home hygiene myths that we are ready to debunk today!
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Spring cleaning is fun! Even your kids can help

Spring Cleaning is Fun! Even your Kids Can Help

Come Spring, you feel a lot refreshed as you feel warm and comfortable. Believe it, it’s the perfect time to set your home with a unique order. Just make a fresh beginning. This would put a smile on your face. You would realize that it’s high time to arrange your closets and completely clean the corners that you have left unattended for a long time. Once you make your mind on cleaning, hire professional cleaning services to help you out and make sure that every corner of your house would don a fabulous look.

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