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Dewa launches Ideal Home initiative

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has launched the Ideal Home initiative, which encourages people to develop a culture of sustainable use of resources and to adhere to safety and security norms

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has launched the Ideal Home initiative, which encourages people to develop a culture of sustainable use of resources and to adhere to safety and security norms.

The initiative, which will conclude in September, has been launched in cooperation with Dubai Police, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the Community Development Authority in Dubai (CDA), Dubai Smart Government, Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, and the General Directorate of Civil Defence.

The initiative recognises the household that does the most to achieve the highest standards of public health and safety, environmental protection, and raises awareness within the community about the best practices for an ideal home environment, a Dewa statement said.

It seeks to unify all relevant initiatives by Dubai government departments to consolidate a culture that conserves resources, and complies with safety and security guidelines and the relevant laws and other factors that build an ideal community.

“This initiative encourages Dubai families to compete positively in applying the standards set by Dubai government, proceeding from our efforts to support the Smart Dubai initiative, which was launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dewa.

It will be a smart city that makes people happy, makes their lives easier, and improves living standards, in addition to improving resource-use efficiency and streamlining and integrating services, he said.

"Furthermore, it encourages customers to reduce electricity and water use, and conserve natural resources, which helps achieve our strategy to reduce energy demand, and ensure resources sustainability,” said Al Tayer.

“The Ideal Home initiative works to instil a culture of sustainable use amongst families, while motivating others to adhere to best practices. The initiative also encourages other families to participate, by working to create the most environmentally-friendly home environment. This will help Dewa to study how people are trying to save electricity and water in their homes and workplaces to achieve better standards of living, happiness and greater resources sustainability, for generations to come,” added Al Tayer.

Dewa focuses on a number of factors to determine the winner of the competition. These include the individual use of electricity and water and family use based on monthly bills, efforts made to set air conditioning to 24 deg Celsius, the use of solar energy in houses, the use of modern economical irrigation techniques, water tank cleanliness, the use of energy-saving light bulbs and environmentally-friendly appliances, and the family’s awareness of the best ways to save electricity and water.

Participation in the first phase of the initiative is confined to inhabitants of homes in areas which will be determined shortly, on condition that the family is living in the current property for at least one year. Also, the head of the household must be registered with Dubai Smart Government’s initiative MYID, thus making it easier to link the data of participants, the statement said.

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