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Friday, Jun 6, 2014

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Pilot project to conserve electricity for Yuhua?

The Straits Times | Feng Zengkun | Friday, Jun 6, 2014

SINGAPORE -A group of 38 Housing Board blocks in Jurong East's Yuhua estate could be part of a future Smart Home Energy Pilot project to help residents reduce their electricity use and bills.

The Housing Board and Energy Market Authority yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with electronics giant Panasonic to study the feasibility of undertaking such a project.

The year-long feasibility study will assess technologies and systems that could be used in the pilot project.

These include a smartphone application for residents to monitor their household electricity consumption, and electricity rate packages that have lower fees for energy use during off-peak hours.

This could encourage the residents to shift their energy use to the low-demand periods, helping them to lower their electricity bills. The study will also look at how solar energy and grid electricity can be aggregated and supplied to Housing Board buildings and households.

Housing Board chief executive Cheong Koon Hean said as Singapore's population continues to grow, there will be a greater demand for energy in Housing Board estates.

"One of the key challenges is to be able to meet the growing energy needs in a sustainable and green manner," she said.

The Yuhua estate is part of the Housing Board's Greenprint programme, which brings sustainability initiatives to existing estates.

"Ultimately, we hope to encourage and empower residents to adopt a more eco-friendly lifestyle, so that they too can join us in building a green living environment," Dr Cheong said.


This article was first published on June 4, 2014.
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