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New smart phone app to monitor AC power consumption in Singapore

A new home energy management system will be tested in 10 households in Singapore's Punggol area, the country's first "eco-town," as reported by Channel NewsAsia.

The new system integrates a smart phone application that will help users monitor their monthly electricity consumption and control their air-conditioning even when they are not at home.

The scheme is expected to save about 20 percent of energy for the households.

In the next one to two months, the 10 homes at Block 109C Edgedale Plains will be the test bed for the technology's viability, which is a collaborative effort between electronics manufacturer Panasonic and government agencies such as the Housing and Development Board, the Energy Market Authority and the Economic Development Board.

"By giving the residents their consumption pattern and adding a dollar sign to it, it (the system) actually tells them how much they are paying for the energy consumption. I think if they lower it, and reduce their cost, I think they will definitely change (mindsets of residents towards energy management)," Tan Chek Sim, senior principal engineer at the Housing and Development Board Building Research Institute, was quoted in the Channel NewsAsia article.

The Punggol eco-town, developed in early 2012, has been a test bed for urban solutions including several energy, water and waste management technologies. It is part of Singapore's Green Plan for supporting sustainable growth in the country.

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