Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched the Ideal Home initiative, in cooperation with Dubai Police, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the Community Development Authority in Dubai (CDA), Dubai Smart Government, Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, and the General Directorate of Civil Defence. This is one of the ways DEWA is enhancing government work and achieving the happiness of society as whole.
The initiative, which will conclude in September, recognises the household that does the most to achieve the highest standards of public health and safety, environmental protection, and raises awareness within the community about the best practices for an ideal home environment. It seeks to unify all relevant initiatives by Dubai government departments to consolidate a culture that conserves resources, and complies with safety and security guidelines and the relevant laws and other factor that build an ideal community.
“This initiative encourages Dubai families to compete positively in applying the standards set by Dubai government, proceeding from our efforts to support the Smart Dubai initiative, which was launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world. A smart city is that one which makes people happy, makes their lives easier, and improves livings standards, in addition to improving resource-use efficiency and streamlining and integrating services. Furthermore, it encourages customers to reduce electricity and water use, and conserve natural resources, which helps achieve our strategy to reduce energy demand, and ensure resources sustainability,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
“The Ideal Home initiative works to instil a culture of sustainable use amongst families, while motivating others to adhere to best practices. The initiative also encourages other families to participate, by working to create the most environmentally-friendly home environment. This will help DEWA to study how people are trying to save electricity and water in their homes and workplaces to achieve better standards of living, happiness and greater resources sustainability, for generations to come,” added Al Tayer.
DEWA focuses on a number of factors to determine the winner of the competition. These include the individual use of electricity and water and family use based on monthly bills, efforts made to set air conditioning to 24 degrees Celsius, the use of solar energy in houses, the use of modern economical irrigation techniques, water tank cleanliness, the use of energy-saving light bulbs and environmentally-friendly appliances, and the family’s awareness of the best ways to save electricity and water. This year, DEWA supported the Ideal Home initiative by giving candidates from The Best Consumer Award the chance to win the Ideal Home initiative.
Participation in the first phase of the initiative is confined to inhabitants of homes in areas which will be determined shortly, on condition that the family is living in the current property for at least one year. Also, the head of the household must be registered with Dubai Smart Government’s initiative MYID, thus making it easier to link the data of participants.