Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is offering free energy audits to the government, commercial, and industrial sectors.
In a statement, DEWA said that it has a specialised team that conducts field visits to targeted buildings. This team then implements energy audits as a way of encouraging property owners to install technologies that would boost the efficiency of their buildings.
The team is also tasked with promoting awareness of the need to change behaviour to bring down energy and water consumption, according to DEWA.
The authority explained that, in carrying out the audit, the team examines the property’s lighting and air conditioning systems, and water connections, in addition to collecting information on rationalisation opportunities to increase the efficiency of the building.
Using the information collected during the audit, the team prepares a report that includes an analysis of the data obtained and recommendations for rationalising consumption. This report is presented to the customer for review and implementation.
DEWA managing director and chief executive officer, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, said: “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 [have adopted] an integrated strategy to raise awareness about the importance of conservation and engaging customers and community members in protecting the environment and natural resources.”
To encourage a “more responsible lifestyle” among residents, DEWA has launched “a full range of innovative initiatives, programmes, and awareness activities for the residential, commercial, industrial and government sectors”, added Al Tayer.
DEWA is aiming to make the complementary energy audit service available to a larger number of customers through its ‘Do it Yourself – Energy Audit’ scheme, which involves having the customers collect the required information and sending it to DEWA’s energy audit team.
The Energy Audit programme is targeting 50 buildings in 2018, DEWA said.
Al Tayer revealed that DEWA that energy audits were carried out on 257 buildings between 2011 and 2017.
The buildings reportedly implemented most of the electricity and water consumption rationalisation measures recommended in the reports, resulting 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.