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How to reduce the DEWA bills in Dubai, U.A.E?

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) makes sure that there is a proper supply of two important resources, it is up to you how you plan to use those resources. Don’t know how to reduce your expenses? Here is a list of tips to help you reduce your DEWA bill.

Why should you save on your DEWA bill?

One has to be smart to use electricity appropriately. This helps in protecting the environment and also saving money. The UAE is a leader in bringing about sustainable developments. The government has brought about many energy-saving programs and made residential and commercial projects. The sustainable city in Dubai is an instance of the efforts of the government in increasing energy efficiency.

1) Be aware of the peak load hours

DEWA has stated that Dubai uses most of the electricity between 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm in summer. This time is called the peak-load hours:

  • One essential tip to save on electricity bills in Dubai is to reduce the use of non-important appliances during this time.
  • One should avoid using irons, washing machines, dishwashers, water heaters, and electric ovens during these peak hours in Dubai.

2) Use a programmable thermostat

  • It is a good choice to invest in a programmable thermostat to save on DEWA utility bills.
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  • A programmable thermostat will keep the temperature moderate and turn off the cooling when it is not required.
  • One can also try using a ceiling fan to provide cooling and bring the bill down.

3) Avoid leaving the appliances on ‘on’ mode

  • Experts say that any appliances which are on but not being used will consume 5% of your household’s electricity.
  • Turn off your devices when they are not being used.
  • You can also invest in a smart power strip that shuts down your devices when they are in ‘sleep’ mode.

4) Use Air Conditioning wisely

Another tip is to use air conditioning wisely, especially if your apartment is not chiller-free. Even though air conditioning is a necessity in Dubai to survive the heat, one can still save on bills:

  • The higher the temperature is, the lower will be the cost of air conditioning.
  • DEWA says that you should set your device to 24 degrees or higher, which is a good temperature. It not only operates well but also helps in saving power.
  • Select the right air conditioner for your apartment. Make sure that it has a programmable thermostat.

5) Try air-drying clothing

Another method to save money is to air-dry the clothes. Line drying uses less energy which therefore leads to using less expenditure. It also helps in energy conservation. Research says that line drying reduces carbon footprint. To line-dry the clothes:

  • One should select the right equipment. The vinyl-coated cording is the best choice. Do not use old ropes as they might rot in sunlight and may shed fibers into the fabric.
  • Wipe your laundry with a towel. It is a good idea to shake each item of clothing to get avoid hems, plackets, or wrinkles.
  • Use wooden pins to hold heavy items of clothing.

6) Keep the air conditioner clean

Older units collect dust and tiny debris:

  • One of the best methods to save money on your electricity bill in Dubai is to clear the filters of the air conditioning unit on a regular basis.
  • You can clean them or call a service provider to do it for you.

7) Switch to energy-efficient lights and appliances

Another good tip for saving money on bills in Dubai is to consider more energy-efficient lights:

  • There are many energy-efficient bulbs you can choose from. Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL) is a good option.
  • Also, if you have old appliances, it is time to upgrade them with more modern, energy-efficient options.

8) Use water sensibly

You can save a lot of money by using water sensibly:

  • Water the plants early in the morning before 8 am and later in the evening after 6 pm. This makes sure that water does not evaporate fast.
  • Avoid watering your plants on chilly days.
  • Wash all your dishes together.
  • Repair a leaky toilet to save water.
  • Install showerheads and faucet aerators with less flow.
  • Don’t use water heaters during summers, as the water is already hot.

Take good care of your appliances to reduce the DEWA bill

It is very important to use electronic appliances effectively:

10) Save water when gardening

While gardening you can save plenty of water:

  • Ensure to pre-heat the oven five to eight minutes before adding the food and turn it off five to ten minutes before the time is up.
  • To heat meals, you can use microwaves or electric pans as they save a lot of energy.
  • Try high-pressure cookers. They use less energy when compared to normal cookers.
  • Avoid keeping the refrigerator too cold.
  • Try to place a water heater on your sink.
  • Always use an energy-efficient washing machine. They use less than 27 gallons per load.
  • While doing laundry, always wash your clothes in warm water and not hot water. This reduces consumption by a big level.
  • Mulch plants so they can keep the moisture intact.
  • Water the plants if the peak 2 or 3 inches of soil is dry.
  • Try a drip irrigation system to water trees and shrubs.
  • Make use of an automatic shut-off valve on your sprinkler system.
  • Place sprinklers in a way that only the garden gets all the water and not the areas surrounding it.