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17 Aug 2014

Saving water and energy has never been simpler

What we do to save energy, saves water – and what we do to save water, saves energy.

Abu Dhabi, 17 August, 2014 – Summer is the time of year when we use more water and electricity to stay cool, which puts huge strain on the Emirate’s water and power networks to keep up with demand. This, in turn, has an impact on water and electricity bills.

The Regulation and Supervision Bureau (the Bureau), regulator of the water and electricity sector in Abu Dhabi, is running a summer campaign in conjunction with the Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC) and the Al Ain Distribution Company (AADC), to inform and encourage consumers to make simple changes to how we use water and electricity.

The message from the Bureau is clear, says Deputy Director-General Rashed al Rashdi, “Simple actions can have big impacts. What we do to save energy, saves water. And what we do to save water, saves energy. And by saving water and energy, we contribute to Abu Dhabi’s sustainability vision, for us and for future generations.”

The Bureau’s Waterwise and Powerwise offices undertake a great deal of research and run numerous trials to understand key drivers in consumption habits specific to this region and, most importantly, to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Their work helps inform strategy and guide policies to create effective solutions to the issues arising from an increased demand on supplies. Water and electricity consumption is intrinsically linked.

Waterwise and Powerwise work closely with companies like AADC and ADDC, who are responsible for supplying water and electricity to the Emirate’s consumers.

“We believe that by being more aware of the way we use our resources, we can realise reductions of as much as 15% in water and power usage,” said Abdullah Ali Al Sheryani, Director of Customer Service at AADC.

Saeed Mohammed Saeed Al Suwaidi, acting Managing Director at ADDC, said: “By being conservation-minded this summer, we can help keep the electric grid stable and reliable during heat waves, when demand for electricity is at its highest.”

It’s easier to be water and power wise than you think! Here are some easy tips to save water and electricity, particularly at this time of year:

Water saving tips:

  • Remember to turn off the tap while brushing your teeth - a running tap wastes more than 6 litres per minute. That can work out to two hundred litres every month.
  • Next time you wash the car, use a bucket. Did you know that 3 buckets of water is enough to wash your car? Using a free flowing hosepipe wastes hundreds of litres of water in every wash.
  • Watering your garden in the morning or the evening reduces evaporation and saves water.
  • Shorten your shower by just 2 minutes, and you can save up to 500 litres of water every month.

Electricity saving tips:

  • Increasing your AC thermostat temperature setting by one degree can help you save up to 6% of your AC electricity consumption.
  • Keep windows and curtains closed during the hottest part of the day – this improves cooling efficiency in your home.
  • You only need to turn ON the water heater half an hour before you use it – and you save a huge amount of electricity.
  • Replace old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient light bulbs, such as CFL or LED – and you can save up to 80% on your lighting costs.