Case 246 consumer’s attitudes towards energy savings through

Case Study: Singapore

Singapore
government has been promoting a lot of policies about energy saving. Studies show
that people are very positive towards the idea of saving energy through Smart Homes
and are willing to invest in new technologies. However, those findings cannot
be generalized, therefore we need to understand the effect of saving energy
through Smart Homes as Singapore’s culture, infrastructure, eco-system, and
support from government and other factors might be different.

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The
online survey has been conducted to receive insights on energy consumption in
Singapore households by looking at the effectiveness of government policies to
save energy while using smart technologies in smart homes. Two hundred
households were randomly selected for the study, a total of 131 valid responses
were received via mail showing a 66% response rate. The questionnaire comprised
of closed-ended questions categorized under four sections: energy consumption
in Singapore; public policy on energy saving in Singapore; use of technology in
energy saving and household perceptions of energy saving (Bhati, Hansen, Chan, & Chan, 2017).

Singapore
households have a positive perception towards energy saving and will see
benefits of using smart technologies. This will directly reduce households’
electricity bills.

Case Study: Global success stories of
energy savings in urban households.

Research
of different case studies has been implemented on smart homes to save energy in
urban cities. These success stories provide better insights on how smart homes
and smart technologies can be used to save energy. These case studies are based
on their research and its relation to smart home technology and energy savings.

Case
Study: Chinese consumer attitudes towards energy saving (the case of household
electrical appliances in Chongqing).

A
case-study has been conducted which explored 246 consumer’s attitudes towards
energy savings through a questionnaire over a one-year period from 2009 to
2010. The survey was conducted in Chongqing, China and was conducted via
face-to-face surveys due to previous experience of no or low feedback (Bhati, Hansen, Chan, & Chan, 2017).

Energy
consumption in China has doubled from 2000 to 2008. Moreover, usage of
appliances in urban households (e.g., air conditioners) has increased 30–100%.
To outline this issue, the Chinese government has introduced policies that
raise energy efficiency in China by manufacturing electrical appliances to
consume electricity below a certain threshold (Bhati, Hansen, Chan, & Chan, 2017). As a result, this
helped households to save money. Although, the Chinese government banned sales
of inefficient air conditioners, and offered buy-back schemes of energy inefficient
equipment as well as applied discounts on various energy-efficient appliances.