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Sewa outlines plans for saving energy

The aim of the One Hour Saving initiative is to promote a culture of conservation among consumers and raise their awareness about the importance of using electricity rationally.



By Afkar Abdullah/principal Correspondent

Published: Tue 23 Jun 2015, 12:08 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:09 PM

Sharjah - The Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority has prepared an ambitious strategy with specific milestones and standards to change the trends of power consumption. The authority’s ‘One Hour Saving’ initiative will contribute to this end, a top official said on Sunday.

According to Dr Rashid Al Leem, Chairman of the Sewa, the initiative was launched as per directives issued by His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. The drive urges consumers to switch off all unnecessary devices from 2.30pm to 3.30pm on July 1.

The aim of the One Hour Saving initiative is to promote a culture of conservation among consumers and raise their awareness about the importance of using electricity rationally.  Dr Al Leem pointed out that all necessary arrangements have been made to ensure that individuals, businesses and government departments contribute to the initiative.

The initiative is one of many launched by the Sewa to spread the message of building a sustainable future for Sharjah.

According to surveys conducted by the Sewa on electricity consumption trends in the last five years, July 1 witnessed the highest demand for electricity.  The initiative will also spread awareness about the importance of regular maintenance of air conditioning units; using power-saving appliances for new buildings; adjusting air conditioning thermostats to 24 degree Celsius; and organising awareness lectures.

The Sewa will urge the community to avoid the usage of high power-consuming appliances such as electric irons, washing machines, dish-washing machines, water heaters and electric furnaces during the peak hours.

 “This will help enhance the efficiency of our power networks, save our natural resources and reduce CO2 emissions,” said Dr Al Leem. -afkarali@khaleejtimes.com


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