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Dewa urges residents to save energy during peak hours

Peak load hours are from noon to 5pm during summer months

  • By Janice Ponce De Leon, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 16:53 June 30, 2012
  • Gulf News

Remember to switch off those lights this summer
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Dubai: This summer, it won’t hurt if you put off ironing or washing your clothes in the morning or in the evening.

Doing this will not only help decrease consumption of fuel needed for power generation, but will also help lessen the strain human activities cause to the environment.

Between noon to 5pm—or the peak load hours—during the summer months, using any electrical appliances and devices will mean that Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) will have to increase its power generation capacity during these hours. Hence, more fuel is consumed and more greenhouse gases are emitted into the air.

In order to bust this unnecessary problem, Dewa has launched the ‘Peak Load Campaign’ urging residential and commercial consumers to reduce their high levels of electricity and water consumption during the summer months.

“We rolled out the Peak Load Campaign as part of Dubai Government’s environmental strategy to achieve sustainable development and to reinforce Dewa’s role in raising public awareness. Through our current campaign, Dewa aims to encourage responsible behaviour and shared responsibility among our residential consumers in terms of electricity and water consumption and reduce the threat of global warming,” Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Dewa Managing Director and CEO, said.

Limiting the use of home appliances such as electric irons, washing and dryer machines, dishwashers, water heaters, and electric ovens during off-peak hours will contribute greatly to this cause.

Air-conditioning systems in homes and establishments account for 60 per cent of the load during peak time consumption. If, for example, residents and companies were to set their ACs from 20C to either 23C or 24C during peak hours, this will result to a reduced energy consumption and lower electricity bills, not to mention saving thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions .

The campaign also targets commercial and industrial customers to shift their less-critical energy operations from peak times to off-peak hours.

Comments (10)

  1. Added 17:41 July 1, 2012

    As an expact I do not have a home of my own in Abu Dhabi, so rented a 1BHK. During winter my utility bill always fall below AED 50/month but when I started to switch ON my air condition (centralized) the meter reading crossed AED 200. After talking with ADDC for help the only word they conveyed me was as follows "They will send a technical expert to check whether my meter is working properly. If that is working fine I will have to pay AED 50 as technician fees". I know very well that my meter is working absolutely fine that it will not require the chill out of my AC. The problem is with the something else in that building, held at roof top. Contacting my real estate broker (office) was also in vein. No one to help my situation. What can I do at this situation (other than changing the apartment, which itself is beyond 65K/year). I have always conveyed to any one never to waste Water, electricity and food and here I am in this situation...

    Ansaf M, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 17:39 July 1, 2012

    The UAE Government should introduce a Feed In Tariff Scheme (FITS). This would not only encourage homes and business to fit Solar PV systems but would help with the initial cost of doing so. This in turn benefits politicians and people alike by lowering the whole nations Carbon footprint.

    Tom cairns, Stirling, United Kingdom

  3. Added 15:36 July 1, 2012

    It's high time we use Solar energy that we have in abundance in this country. The municipality shoudl make it mandatory to have solar panels in every building and villa for water heaters and other electrical home appliances.

    Radhika, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 15:04 July 1, 2012

    Summer Hot is not as easy to manage due to scorched and parching heat that it cause. This is pretty much something that we should focus on the other way to conserve also the electricity plus water in our own little ways of living. I agreed to go with Solar Power, back in the Philippines were current black out is common or shall I say electric shortage,But with the use of Solar Power we were able to go on with our usual hours at night watching TV,home chores and I myself benefit alot from the solar cause at night I was able to study and do my assignment without any worries of light power. Spending alot of the energy it produce is actually unlimited. HAPPY SUMMER TO ALL and BRING YOUR THIRST QUENCHERS

    Lance Trevor , DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 14:00 July 1, 2012

    In order to save energy I would highly recommend to install solar heaters in buildings which can replace the water heaters of individual flat. A Central solar heater with hot water storage tank & pipe network to each flat. Roof top heater with conventional heating element as back up should save substantial energy besides they are available at reasonable prices.

    Abul Hasan , Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:23 July 1, 2012

    It’s all about educating people about community contribution for environment as well as on their own pockets. We deal with lots of our customers, especially for lighting, and when we educate them for useage of new lighting technologies they listen and some accept too. Sometimes its little sad that in new constructions, owners spend millions in stone and facade, but not want to spend few more Dirhams for energy efficient appliances.........well thats a task to achieve by working together towards a cause

    Nadeem Khan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 11:11 July 1, 2012

    Solar protection films are the best way to reduce energy consumption, Laminas window tinting for homes can reduce bills by 30% just by blocking the heat from entering the property while keeping natural light.

    Gavin, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 10:50 July 1, 2012

    Around 90% of the year, each home's/building's roof is having straight and powerfull sunshine. DEWA can encourage and Govt. can subsidies and even provide incentives to have solar panel coumpulsory. like this cooling cost will almost vanish and a huge saving will be there.

    Saifuddin DIwan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 09:54 July 1, 2012

    It's load management. Let us participate as responsible residents/citizens.

    Omar Yousuf, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 09:21 July 1, 2012

    well we all talk about savings, why have we still not using the sun as alternative energy for all those villas and flats? Utilize all the terraced/balcony space for drying cloths hidden away from public view below the hand rails. We still use washing machine to dry clothes, then how can one say to save electricity?

    Jerry, SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates

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