Published on: 03/09/2017
Singapore Power aggregates most of the basic amenities for homeowners, including electricity, gas, water and waste management. While most of these services are provided by other companies, Singapore Power helps these companies bill and collect payments from homeowners.
The average household in Singapore consumes 475.6 kWh of electricity a month (EMA, 2017), a 1.5% increase from the year before.
Did you know the average consumption across household types varies by a factor of almost 20x with one-room flats using 5.6% of the amount that bungalows consume? The consumption levels depend on factors like the number of occupants and rooms, types of appliances and frequency of usage. Check out our tips below on how you may reduce your SP Services electricity bills.
Further below, we have also provided more information about the role of SP Group and the role played by SP Group’s entities in ensuring a safe and secure electricity network for Singapore.
How to lower your SP Services electricity bill?
1. Compare electricity plans here and switch to a suitable electricity retailer. If you own a business, Electrify is able to help you compare and source for a competitive energy plan. Message us via our web chat or contact form, our energy consultants will get back to you within 24 hours with our best recommendations. If you are a home owner, do leave your contact details here and we’ll update you when EMA opens up the retail market.
2. Conduct an energy audit by identifying which appliances in your home or office use the most energy. Given Singapore’s climate, the common culprits are your air-conditioning system and refrigerator! You may check out SP Group’s home energy audit tool here.
4. Air-conditioning – regularly service and maintain your air-conditioning units to ensure that they run efficiently. Your air-conditioning unit’s filters need to be clean regularly for it to run well and reduce friction in the air flow. Plus, you should also top up your refrigerant gas at regular intervals. This ensures that the coolant system runs effectively so that you don’t overwork your compressor units. Leave us a message if you require a recommendation on a qualified air-conditioning service provider.
5. Water heaters – your water heater should only be switched on for 15-20 minutes before you take your shower. Also, taking quick showers also help reduce your usage of warm water, this also helps you reduce your water consumption.
6. Lighting – make the most of natural light available. When designing the layout of your home/office, make sure to keep your windows clear of any obstruction. If you are renovating your home or office, or if you are changing a blown light bulb, be sure to explore low-consumption options such as LED or CFL bulbs. These help reduce electricity usage and reduce heat generated in your room. This also reduces the amount of cooling required in your room. In addition, remember to switch off your lights when they are not in use and clean your lamps regularly to reduce the build up of dust particles.
Other roles of Singapore Power (SP Group)
SP Group comprises multiple entities as you may see in their group structure. The key entities and roles that they play in Singapore include:
1. SP Services – This entity serves as the market support service licensee (MSSL) in Singapore. As the MSSL, they provide services and bill customers for electricity, water, gas and refuse removal. Besides this, SP Services owns and operates almost all electricity meters used by business and residential consumers in Singapore. Lastly, one of the key roles they play in the market is known as the Retailer of Last Resort (for electricity). This means that they have the responsibility to provide electricity to any consumer in Singapore if the consumer does not enter a contract with any private electricity retailers.
2. SP Power Assets – SPPA owns the national electricity transmission and distribution infrastructure. This includes underground transmission cables, substations, and transformers. These equipment allow power to be transmitted from power generators safely and efficiently to households and businesses.
3. PowerGas – Similar to SP Power Assets, PowerGas owns the transmission and distribution network for gas supply to power stations, industrial, commercial and residential customers. In most situations, power stations and industrial customers use natural gas. On the other hand, commercial and residential customers draw gas from the town gas network.
4. SP PowerGrid – This entity manages the power and gas networks owned by SP Power Assets and PowerGas.
5. Singapore District Cooling – Singapore’s first centralised cooling network that provides chilled water to cool buildings in the vicinity. By doing so, building owners get to enjoy lower bills via achieving economies of scale as well as better utilisation of space. A centralised water-cooled air-conditioning system also uses higher thermodynamic efficiencies. As a result, we enjoy greater energy efficiency and reduced energy bills.