Thu 05-07-2018 14:55 PM
DUBAI, 5th July, 2018 (WAM) -- The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, has launched the Ideal Home initiative for the third time, to encourage customers to compete with each other in adopting conservation and the best sustainable practices to achieve happy and ideal homes, by meeting the requirements of the nine government organisations involved in the initiative.
The organisations are Dubai Police, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Health Authority, DHA, Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, the Community Development Authority in Dubai, CDA, Dubai Smart Government, Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, the General Directorate of Civil Defence, and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs-Dubai. This supports DEWA’s efforts to establish sustainability in Dubai and the UAE, and make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world.
"We are keen to launch leading initiatives to support sustainability, raise community awareness about best practices, and enhance Dubai's position on the map of smart cities globally. This supports the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to establish Dubai as the smartest and happiest city in the world, to create a sustainable model for saving energy and support economic growth without harming the environment and its resources. This also supports the UAE Centennial 2071, which shapes the UAE of the future, and the Dubai Plan 2021 to make Dubai a smart and sustainable city whose environmental elements are clean, healthy and sustainable," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.
"In our third Ideal Home initiative, we continue our efforts to raise awareness about the best practices in homes, to promote the ideal home culture, achieve the highest standards of sustainable living, improve energy efficiency and enhance partnership opportunities to provide comprehensive and innovative government services and achieve society happiness. The participants compete in implementing the best standards of sustainability, health, security, environment, indoor air quality, public safety, community responsibility, smart transformation, emergency preparation and abiding by residential laws. DEWA aims to encourage consumers to conserve electricity and water, to support the Demand Side Management Strategy 2030 to reduce energy and water consumption by 30 percent by 2030," he added.
Al Tayer highlighted that the initiative has seen huge participation from customers in 2016 and 2017. It achieved total savings exceeding 901,000 kWh of electricity and over 18,256,000 gallons of water and contributed to reducing over 848 tonnes of carbon emissions. The total financial savings exceeded AED1,153,000.
DEWA organised a free e-training course for customers who wish to participate in this year's Ideal Home initiative, on DEWA’s smart application or website. Upon completion of all the course requirements and on passing the final exam successfully with a result of 90 percent or more, the customer will receive a certificate from DEWA, which will allow him or her to participate in the initiative award.
A joint team from DEWA, Taqati and Etihad Energy Services Company, Etihad ESCO, will then visit the house to conduct a technical check-up on energy efficiency and prepare a detailed report.
Homeowners who have implemented the highest standards and requirements of the 10 partners of the initiative will be recognised. Five winners will get free installation of solar panels and others will receive cash prizes.