The UAE is experiencing a trend towards more energy-efficient and sustainable products as more consumers focus on energy conservation when purchasing appliances for the home.
Since 2016, the UAE government encouraged several green initiatives, which has raised awareness about energy-efficient products. In fact, energy efficiency was one of the top three influences on consumer purchasing decisions in 2016.
Being energy efficient is not only good for the environment though – it is also good for your wallet.
The good thing is with just a few simple steps, you can help the environment and reduce your DEWA bills in one blow.
Below are some tips on how you can start being energy-efficient in your home:
Energy-efficiency experts tell us to focus our efforts on the biggest energy operators in the house, and that definitely includes the fridge. Because it cycles on and off all day, every day, the refrigerator consumes more electricity than nearly every appliance in the home (with the exception of your AC system) and accounts for the majority of the electricity bill. By checking the energy efficiency rating on your fridge, and opting for an A+++ rating, you can save up to 72 per cent on energy and achieve more stable, fresher, and faster cooling.
Heating water for your laundry consumes tremendous energy. Washing at a cool temperature will save up to 75 per cent of energy, saving you loads of dirhams per month. Opt for a washing machine with dedicated cold wash technologies, such as Beko’s CoolClean, which will allow you to wash at cool temperatures without compromising washing performance. Washing at a cool temperature will also cause less damage to your cottons, extending the life of your clothes.
Many homeowners believe they can save water and energy by hand washing dishes, however, the truth is an energy-efficient dishwasher can save up to 2.5 tons of water annually. A++ energy-graded products and their designed functions provide up to three times faster cleaning while automatically adjusting water pressure for shorter washing durations. Ultimately, this decreases water consumption, saving energy and your money.
One of the big energy eaters in our homes is the oven. So try being more efficient with cooking and bake a few meals at a time to get the most out of having your oven on.
Running your air conditioning at 25°C instead of 22°C can save between 6 per cent - 18 per cent on your cooling bill. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be so take advantage of the cooler winter temperatures to reduce your energy consumption for the next few months.