#LiveGreenSG Home Tips: Hardware

1 Nov, 2018 2:37:12 PM / by Quek Leng Chuang

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Even if you are not ready to commit to fully embracing a green way of living, there are plenty of small and easy habits you can adopt at home and that will make a serious impact on the planet without drastically changing your lifestyle.

Good news is that these good practices are also the more frugal options, especially when it comes to energy savings. Energy-intensive appliances in your home are mostly related to hardware, due to their continuous use and connection all day long.  

Here are some green choices you can make in your home regarding the electronic devices you daily use.


Choose The All-in-One Formula.

When investing in a printer, scanner and photocopier, it’s better to choose a multifunctional device. A printer that also serves as a scanner, fax and photocopier consumes 50% less energy than the sum of separate devices, and takes less space in your home.


It’s The Little Things...

Some central processing units of desktop computers are particularly greedy for electricity. Laptops consume on average 50 to 80% less energy than desktop computers, because they are optimized to maximize battery life. So, it’s better to choose a laptop for your home. Sometimes small is better than big!

Note: Putting a desktop on your lap does not make it a laptop and that won't save you any energy.



Mobile phones are energy intensive: they need to be charged almost every day. When your cellphone is charged, unplug the charger from the outlet. A plugged phone charger consumes electricity, even if it is not connected to your phone.

More generally, all plugged devices consume energy when turned off. A power strip with switch guarantees zero electricity consumption. Connect all your electrical devices to a power strip, and turn off the switch when your appliances are all charged.


Let Them Sleep.

In sleep mode, your computer consumes 60% to 80% less energy. When you go out, put it to sleep to save energy. You can also set your computer to sleep automatically after a few minutes of inactivity.

Your screen should not be blank when your computer is in standby. Select pictures to flash up on the screen to avoid damaging it.


Standby is Not Enough.

Turn off your computer before going to sleep, instead of leaving it in standby. Leaving your devices constantly turned on wastes energy and reduces the lifespan of your equipment.


Let Them Come Back To Life.

On average, people buy new mobile phone every 20 months. This practice generates a lot of waste. Mobile phones contain precious minerals from exhaustible resources (gold, copper, silver), plastics, cables and electronic cards. But they also contain many toxic chemicals: mercury, lead, flame retardants… Unused mobile phones become highly toxic waste: a cellphone battery thrown into the wild can contaminate 600,000 liters of water.

Every used battery should be returned to the stores, or to special associations. When you need some, buy rechargeable ones. They can be reused from 400 to 1000 times, which is less harmful for the environment and the wallet!


Wish to go a step further to make your home sustainable and eco-friendly? Sign up with us at http://env-solutions.com/living today to find out about carbon offsets and other applicable ways to go green. 

Get in touch with us via email at living@env-solutions.com  or call +656523 2299 for more information. If you have tips to share, don’t forget to share your pictures with us by using #LiveGreenSG on instagram and tag @ESLivingSG.



Topics: Residential, ES Living, Powering Sustainability

Quek Leng Chuang

Written by Quek Leng Chuang

LengChuang is a chemical engineer and an expert in carbonomics. He is the co-founder and owner of Environmental Solutions (Asia) Pte Ltd and ES Power.