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More than 70,000 one- and two-room flats to get S$25 vouchers for LED lights

SINGAPORE — Over 70,000 households across Singapore are eligible to receive vouchers for LED lights for their homes as part of the “Switch and Save – Use LED” programme for one- and two-room Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats.

Over 70,000 one- and two-room public housing flats are eligible to receive vouchers for LED lights for their homes.

Over 70,000 one- and two-room public housing flats are eligible to receive vouchers for LED lights for their homes.

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SINGAPORE — Over 70,000 households across Singapore are eligible to receive vouchers for LED lights for their homes as part of the “Switch and Save – Use LED” programme for one- and two-room Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) and Hong Kah North Grassroots Organisation have begun distributing S$25 vouchers to such households in the constituency following the launch of the programme in the North East District last month, said Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources Amy Khor on Sunday (Sept 2).

The programme is aimed at helping those living in one- and two-room flats make the switch to LED lights as they are more energy efficient. A study by the NEA in 2017 showed that these households have the lowest adoption rate of LED lights, as only 28 per cent are using at least one LED light compared with 53 per cent on average in other housing types.

Dr Khor, who was addressing residents during the roll-out of the programme in Hong Kah North, said more than 3,000 households in the constituency will benefit from it.

Eligible households in the North East District and Hong Kah North are being notified by mail and will receive their letters within the next two months to collect their vouchers. Grassroots volunteers have also been conducting house visits at Bukit Batok West Ave 8 to each out to residents. The S$25 vouchers, which cover the cost of four to five LED bulbs, can be used at any Home-Fix, Selffix and Sheng Siong stores across Singapore, as well as Philips Light Lab and the programme’s roadshows organised by the NEA.

Volunteer Phua Hee, who helped install LED lights for elderly residents in such households in Punggol North, said they were surprised at how much energy savings they could get from making the switch.

He added: “When I visited them, I took the opportunity to help them change their less energy-efficient lights to LED lights, and they were surprised at how bright the new LED lights are.

“I am happy to be part of this Climate Action effort, as it is important to conserve the planet’s finite resources, and this initiative will also help low-income families save on their utility bills.”

Hong Kah North and North East District will collectively save about 438,000 kilowatt hour (kWh) annually if all eligible one- and two-room flats switch to LED lights. This is equivalent to more than S$88,000 in energy savings, or enough electricity to power 220 such flats for a year. The energy saved would also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 180 tonnes per year. 

CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this story, we reported that eligible households have been notified by mail. This is incorrect. The rest of the eligible households are being notified and will receive their letters within the next two months. The story has been updated. We are sorry for the error.

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