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Dubai could cut electricity bill in half: DEWA

Savings of 50 per cent possible with the right attitude and technology

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Dubai could cut electricity bills in half, says DEWA. (Getty Images)
Dubai could cut electricity bills in half, says DEWA. (Getty Images)

A top official at DEWA has revealed that around half of Dubai’s electricity is wasted, and that power savings of 50 per cent can be realised with smarter appliances, Emirates 24/7 has reported.

According to DEWA, the average individual’s electricity usage is about 20,000KW per year and 130 gallons of water a day, handing Dubai one of the largest carbon footprints per person in the world.

“Power-saving appliances can help reduce wastage, and the current consumption level can be reduced by almost 50 per cent,” said Abdullah Alhajri, executive vice president, customer services at DEWA.

“Every kilowatt of electricity is precious, and people should be aware of the costs involved in its production,” he continued. “There is a perception that budgets allocations for green buildings has dropped due to the financial crisis. It’s very important to understand that by opting for cheaper construction materials, you are actually spending more on power consumption.”

Alhajri also noted that consumers opting for cheaper electrical appliances will potentially be paying more for electricity, as energy consumption on cheaper-quality units is likely to be less efficient.
 

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