Very few things compare to the nightmare of a massive DEWA bill; like finding yourself in an apocalyptic movie setting as a direct result of global warming. There are, however, simple tricks to make sure that you are a contributor to saving the planet; and at the same time, not spending a huge chunk of your paycheck clearing your DEWA dues.
- Get together – The simplest way to minimize energy consumption is to make sure that a smaller number of appliances are running in the house. If your family spends time in the living room or any specific room together instead of using a different room for every person, you can cut down a great deal on the light and AC usage.
- Raise the blinds – Opt for natural lighting during the day from outside instead of indoor lighting. Using LEDs can save your costs considerably as they use less energy compared to halogen or incandescent lights. Clean the light bulbs regularly for improved illumination. Lighting 101: Turn off lights when not in use. 2
- Air-Conditioning hacks – AC remains the largest contributor to our utility bills. Purchase and use energy-efficient ACs and invest time in cleaning the filters and checking the motor for efficiency every 3 months. Turn off AC in rooms when not in use and try setting your AC temperature to about 24C or higher. If it is cold outdoors, ditch the AC entirely and open your doors and windows to regulate the flow of fresh air inside. Also, plant trees around your house to make the surrounding air cooler.
- Pull the plug – Yes, unplug the devices that are not in use. Contrary to what we think, the unused appliances are still sucking electricity all the time that they are plugged in, contributing about 10-15% of your monthly bill. Bonus tip: Go for a power strip where you can turn off multiple devices at the flick of a single switch.
- Don’t strain your AC – That is, try using other energy- consuming appliances at home in the evening. Most of the appliances produce heat, which will make your AC work harder, thereby consuming more energy. Temperature in the evening is noticeably low even in a hot season compared to, during the day. Also, installing ceiling fans will help by circulating air from the AC faster in your home. This will also save costs on expensive air conditioning in winters when you can avoid AC in favor of the ceiling fan altogether.
- Simple water conservation tips – Close the tap when you brush or shave; rinse your veggies in a pan filled with water and rinse the dishes in a semi-filled clean water sink, instead of under running water. Replace old toilets that use more water per flush with new ones having a dual flush button to save water. Try fitting aerators on water taps to reduce water consumption without affecting the water pressure. The simple hacks can save you gallons of water and a considerable amount of dirhams on your DEWA.
- Shower vs. Baths – Oh, the bliss of a hot bath after a long, hot and tiring day! But oh, the hole it burns in your pocket! Nevertheless, switching to showers in place of baths can save you about 20 liters of water. Add to it, the use of a water-efficient showerhead, cutting the water usage by another 25 liters. Now imagine how many dirhams that saves you for every bath you replace with a shower!
- Dishwasher and Laundry advice – Though we are always in favor of ditching the dishwasher, we understand that people nowadays may lack the time for a sink full of dirty dishes. If you can take out some time though, remember that an average dishwasher uses between 0.75 and 1.25 kWh of electricity and about 11 liters of water per cycle, and you will be doing yourself a service by cutting down your DEWA expenses. However, you can still cut down the costs by purchasing a dishwasher and a washing machine with a high energy efficiency rating. Use cold water instead of hot water for laundry and dishes, and use the appliances only when the load is full.