One of the first steps to saving money on energy is understanding what you're spending. A smart meter tells you how much gas and electricity you're using in real time.
HK Electric and CLP Power are both rolling out smart energy meters for customers until 2025, as part of efforts to transform Hong Kong into a smart city. These meters will provide consumption details to help you optimise your energy use.
If you haven't got a smart meter yet, you can check your bills and compare your usage to the expected usage for similar households.
Once you've worked out how much energy you're using and how much it's costing you, there are plenty of simple steps that might help you cut back. You don't have to lower your standard of living, just be a little more mindful of your energy consumption and ways you can change your behaviour.
Other simple steps could help, such as not leaving gadgets on standby.
If you're shopping for a computer, consider a laptop instead of a desktop. Not only do laptops typically use less power, they also allow you to move to a different part of the home which is at a comfortable temperature.
If you're planning to upgrade your home, try to incorporate as many energy efficient features as possible. This could include extra insulation, smart technology, or simply latest generation appliances which consume less electricity.
While this may cost more upfront, it will pay off in the long run. Not only will you save on your monthly energy bills, but you'll lower your carbon footprint and create a comfortable living environment. You could even increase the value of your home.