Dubai have one of the highest carbon footprints per capita in the world as per DEWA (Dubai Electricity & Water Authority). But the idea of living without and AC during the long summer days is not even worth thinking about. Improving your energy efficiency doesn’t have to be difficult. It just takes one simple tip, and once you’ve done that, you can move on to another. You can stay comfortable without breaking the bank with our 8 ways to cut on your electric bill in summer.
First Things First: Clean AC Filters and Vents
At a minimum, you should be changing the filter on your central AC unit once every three months and as often as once a month if your system is running all the time. A filthy filter could add 5 to 15% to your AC bill, and will shorten the lifespan of your whole system.
Invest in a Smart Thermostat:
Maybe you’re one of those super humans who always remembers to adjust the thermostat before leaving the house. But if you’re like the rest of us, a programmable/smart thermostat can save you thousands on your annual AC bill by automatically raising the temp at those times of day when you’re at work or away from home. Phone-controllable “smart” thermostats make programming even simpler. The cost of these smart thermostats should be recovered in just a couple of months.
Be Strategic with your Window Coverings:
Bright sunlight is your AC system’s nemesis. You can help keep your home cool by closing your blinds and buying curtains to stop sunlight from getting in. You can install window coverings that could decrease your heat gain by 25-33%.
Lower Temperature of Hot Water Heater:
Hot water alone can be a big player in your energy bill, contributing up to 17% of your household energy usage. Most people keep their hot water heaters much hotter than necessary to perform basic functions. Lowering the temperature to 40 Degrees Celsius cut down your energy bill annually, and chances are that you probably won’t even notice the difference. Besides, cooler showers in the Dubai summer don’t just mean less energy—they feel more refreshing, too!
5. Dry Clothes Naturally
Clothes dryers are modern technological marvels, but highly inefficient. The increased use of home drying machines ratchets up energy consumption significantly. Try air drying clothes, especially during the Dubai summer months of the year when it’s easier for the natural heat to do it without a machine — your utility bill will thank you for it.
Unplug and Switch to LED
Electronic devices still draw energy when they are plugged in but not in use so get into the habit of unplugging anything that’s not needed. In addition, fit LED lights instead of traditional bulbs where possible as they use less energy and last longer than conventional bulbs. They also produce less heat.
Aerating your faucets, investing in a low-flow toilet, choosing efficient shower heads, and opting for a Water Sense rated dishwasher and washing machine can add up to big water savings. Also get a plumber to do leak detection every quarter or bi-annually.
Analyze your Utility Bills:
Download DEWA’s Smart App and analyze the utility consumption graph. You can also look at consumption ratio of your neighborhood and multiple accounts. The data obtained will help customers to monitor actual consumption for a specific period of time, and this will contribute towards finding solutions to rationalize the consumption of electricity and water resources.
How energy efficient your home will be is completely up to you. Every household situation in Dubai is different and the changes for each household will be different. So the best place to start is by understanding how much energy you use each day (and when), as well as which energy saving actions will have the biggest impact in your home.