The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how quickly human societies can transform themselves. While businesses work their way through the economic crisis, every individual can play a huge part in creating a sustainable environment just by making a few lifestyle changes.
A spike in electricity bills from May to September is a common issue faced by UAE residents, as there is a constant need for air-conditioning throughout the summer season in the desert. Here are some top tips for keeping bills — and overall energy use — down.
Place solar panels on your roof
By simply switching to solar power, Dubai residents can save thousands of dirhams every year on their electricity bills, for an average lifetime period of 25-30 years. Moreover, if a villa owner decides to leave the UAE before the stipulated term, they need not worry as the typical resell value of their property will only increase. The sun is not only the oldest source of energy, it is also inexhaustible and very cost-effective.
For Dubai residents, Shams Dubai by DEWA allows solar installations on rooftops and garages and will also connect the installation to the grid. This helps avoid the heavy costs of batteries and regular maintenance and eliminates AC and chiller bills.
“We have helped more than 500 families to reduce their electricity consumption by 3,110,000 kWh, which is equivalent to savings of 940,000 liters of gasoline annually,” says Sanjay Dabur, vice-president of Strategic Business at Sharaf DG. “Once residents opt for solar power, Sharaf DG Energy will take care of the finance, design, operations and maintenance.”
Unlike fossil fuels, solar energy does not pollute the environment by emitting greenhouse gases. It is also known to be the cleanest source of energy. This makes it the ultimate solution to addressing the impact and challenges of global warming.
Change all the lights to LED
Considering lighting constitutes 20 to 30 percent of a typical electricity bill, the transition from traditional bulbs to energy-efficient LED lamps is a great way to dramatically decrease energy bills as well as significantly reducing CO2 emissions. Once you replace old incandescent, halogen or fluorescent lamps with LED lighting, expect energy savings of up to 30 percent. You will be able to make the payback within the first four months.
Depending on usage, an average LED bulb lasts from five to 10 years. LED sources use at least 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than regular light bulbs.
Tint your windows to reduce heat gain
With residential solar control film, UAE residents can enjoy relief from the sun without hiding behind their heavy curtains or room-darkening shades. Tinting can greatly reduce the heat that passes through a window and reflect away harsh UV rays. The films block up to 80 percent of the sun’s heat and significantly reduce the effect of UV rays that fade furniture, carpets and flooring. By eliminating energy coming in from the sun, visible light is still able to pass through the glass while keeping the temperature inside the room or car cool.
Inspect the efficiency of your AC units
According to the UAE State of Energy Report from the Ministry of Energy, Dubai residents alone consume around 3.3 million refrigeration tonnes of cooling during the peak summer season. While 70 percent of the UAE’s electricity bills spike due to cooling and air conditioning, it is essential to make smart decisions about your home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
When you hire a licensed HVAC technician, they make sure that your system is reaching its full potential. With a well-designed thermostat system that monitors and controls the room’s temperature, your air-conditioning doesn’t need to work so hard. Additionally, cleaning clogged filters and dirty vents helps to improve efficiency. This will ultimately increase the life of a cooling system and help prevent the need for emergency maintenance, reducing energy consumption, lowering your carbon footprint and saving even more money.
Monitor your devices using automation
‘Internet of Things’ is an umbrella term used for all technologies that enable the connection of a device to the Internet. By simply creating a ‘smart home,’ you can control all your electronic devices via an app or even by voice command. With the use of sensors, the system constantly collects data to determine your consumption patterns, personalizing your usage.
Incorporating these simple tips not only creates a better home to live in but also addresses a much larger parallel catastrophe – climate change.
Story provided by Sharaf DG Energy