Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has pointed out the need to take advantage of the advanced environmentally friendly features of household electrical appliances to reduce electricity and water consumption, as part of its campaign to highlight the rationalization tips it offers to reduce electricity and water consumption.
The authority stresses the importance of using energy-saving lamps (LED) inside and outside the house, as they are more efficient in consuming electricity than ordinary lamps, and they emit less heat and have a longer life span. In terms of operating control, the authority recommends the use of light sensors to ensure the separation of external lighting throughout day time, or the use of timers that control the switching on and off of the lighting during specified periods. The interior lighting can also be rationalized through the use of dimmer switches and the use of direct lighting that illuminates only the necessary parts of the place instead of lighting the entire room. In addition, the authority urges the use of modern and smart ways to control lighting through devices and smart phones to operate, disconnect and schedule the operation of lighting and air conditioning.
In an example, the authority indicated that adjusting the display settings, picture contrast and brightness in the TV can contribute to reducing its consumption of electricity, and it also allows the use of the thermostat to adjust the temperature of the air conditioner and control the temperature of the place perfectly. The authority recommends setting the air conditioner temperature at 24 degrees Celsius, ideally while inside the house, while it can be set to 27 degrees Celsius, or turning off the air conditioner when leaving the house.
The authority points out the need to use smart irrigation systems, soil moisture sensors, and adjust automatic sprinkler valves according to seasonal needs and weather conditions, in addition to periodic inspection of connections to ensure that there are no leaks. To avoid excessive evaporation, fine mist sprayers can be avoided, bearing in mind that the best time to water the plants is before 8 am, or after 6 pm.
The authority has recently issued a “Booklet of Systems and Techniques for Rationalizing Electricity and Water Consumption”, which aims to familiarize customers in the residential, commercial, industrial and governmental sectors with the techniques and systems that they can use to rationalize electricity and water consumption. A digital copy of the brochure can be obtained within the sustainability section of the authority’s website. The authority provides more rationalization tips through the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s smart application and its website.