Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is providing free Energy Audits to the government, commercial and industrial sectors.
A specialised team is making field visits to targeted buildings to conduct energy audits to encourage the use of high-efficiency technologies, and promote awareness about changing behaviour to reduce electricity and water use, conserve natural resources, and protect the environment.
The team examines the lighting equipment, air conditioning, water connections, and collects information on rationalisation opportunities to increase the efficiency of electricity and water consumption in buildings.
The team then prepares an energy-audit report, which includes an analysis of the information collected and recommendations for rationalising consumption and improving efficiency of appliances and tools.
The report is then given to the customer to review and implement the recommendations. The service is part of DEWA’s efforts to reduce electricity and water use in Dubai, and encourage society to support the nation’s efforts to reduce climate change and global warming.
To make the energy-audit service available to a larger number of customers, DEWA has introduced the Do it Yourself – Energy Audit service, where customers collect the required information according to the service manual and send it to DEWA’s Energy Audit team.
The team analyses the information and prepares the Energy Audit report. DEWA provides the free Energy Audit services to customers from the government, commercial, and industrial sectors.
The service can be requested on DEWA’s website (www.dewa.gov.ae). The Energy Audit is planned for 50 buildings during 2018. Applications for these categories are welcome until the target number for 2018 is completed.
“The Dubai Demand Side Management Strategy aims to reduce energy and water use by 30% by 2030. To support our vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility, we adopt an integrated strategy to raise awareness about the importance of conservation and engaging customers and community members in protecting the environment and natural resources,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
“We also encourage everyone to adopt a responsible lifestyle in electricity and water use. To achieve this, DEWA launches a full range of innovative initiatives, programmes, and awareness activities for the residential, commercial, industrial and government sectors, to encourage society to adopt positive behaviour in their daily lives.”
Al Tayer noted that the move would contribute to reducing electricity and water consumption and support DEWA’s efforts to protect the environment, reducing the carbon footprint, and ensuring the sustainability of our natural resources, for generations to come.
DEWA conducted an energy audit for 257 buildings between 2011 and 2017. The buildings implemented most of the electricity and water consumption rationalisation measures recommended in the energy-audit reports.
This resulted in accumulative savings of 153GW/h of electricity and 355 million imperial gallons of water, equivalent to saving 75,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, and planting 85,000 trees.
DEWA’s awareness programmes and initiatives achieved significant savings in electricity and water for all its customers. Between 2009 and 2017, customers saved over 1.677 TW/h of electricity and 6.66 billion gallons of water, worth over AED 1 billion.
The savings resulted in offsetting around 900,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. Accumulated savings from electricity and water consumption, equate to over one million trees, more than 104 million LED light bulbs, and over 12,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.