Poorer households use more water to beat heat while richer ones turn up air-con, study finds

SINGAPORE – When temperatures rise, lower-income households here use more water whereas higher-income households consume more electricity, a local study has found. The study tracked the water and electricity bills of about 130,000 households staying in apartments from September 2012 to December 2015. It found that with a 1 deg C increase in temperature, the average household living in a two-room apartment increases water use by 9 litres per day. At the time of the study, less than a fifth of two-room apartments had air-conditioning. In contrast, heat induces larger…

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10,000 homes to get smart shower devices for real-time information on water usage

SINGAPORE: A device that lets you know how much water you are using while taking a shower will be installed in 10,000 new homes over the next few years, Singapore’s national water agency, PUB said on Thursday (Apr 27). The agency has put out a call for proposals to supply these smart shower devices, under a pilot project called the Smart Shower Programme to be launched in the first quarter of next year. “Such behavioural nudges could potentially change users’ habits and bring about reduction,” said PUB. Citing a study…

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Water price hike: Water users worried but see need to curb wastage

Consumers and businesses have voiced concerns about water rates being hiked, even if some acknowledge that there is a need to do so to curb wastage of the scarce resource. Restaurant Association of Singapore president adviser Andrew Tjioe said he hopes the Government will factor in the present economic climate when deciding on the price increase. “We have other things to take care of like operation costs, which are very high,” he said. Yesterday, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli said the price increase is meant to…

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