Dubai - 'Ideal homes' leave these Dubai residents richer

Dubai - 'Ideal homes' leave these Dubai residents richer
Dubai - 'Ideal homes' leave these Dubai residents richer

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Aden - Yasmine El Tohamy - Honour households that do the most to achieve the highest standards of public health and safety.

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) on Wednesday commenced the third cycle of its 'Ideal Home' initiative where villa owners are encouraged to compete in adopting conservation and sustainable practices.

Under the slogan, Happiness Begins With Happy and Sustainable Homes, the initiative is aimed to recognise and honour households that do the most to achieve the highest standards of public health and safety, and environmental protection, and raise awareness about the best practices for an ideal home.

On Wednesday, Dewa announced the names of eight winners under the Ideal Home initiative that was launched earlier this year. These included villa owners in Dubai who best applied the criteria set by 10 government entities with regards to sustainability, health and safety, indoor air quality, security, environment, social responsibility, smart adoption, emergency preparation and residency law in their lifestyle and homes. The top three winners received cheques of Dh50,000, Dh30,000 and Dh20,000 respectively from Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dewa. Five other winners won photovoltaic panel installations which basically have electricity-generating solar panels mounted on the rooftop of their homes.

Ideal Home sought to unify all relevant initiatives by Dubai government departments to consolidate a culture that conserves resources, comply with safety and security guidelines and other factors that build an ideal community.

Al Tayer said: "The Ideal Home initiative has achieved its objectives in promoting the importance of adopting sustainable practices for society. It has seen a strong participation of customers since its launch. This year, 1,830 customers participated in the online training organised by Dewa and the initiative contributed to total savings of 1.32 GWh of electricity, around 12 million gallons of water, and around 675 tonnes of carbon emissions, with financial savings that exceed one million dirhams."

Participants had to meet the requirements of 10 government organisations including Dewa, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Police, Dubai Health Authority, RTA, Smart Dubai, CDA, Dubai Corporation of Ambulance Services (DCAS), General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs and the Dubai Civil Defence.

Sultan Alzaabi, senior manager, demand management and tariff at Dewa, said: "Participants were required to fulfil certain conditions related to various departments. For example, Dewa wanted them to reduce their bills by about 15 per cent while the DCAS criteria was to see preparedness of the residents in terms of emergency, and ability of people to use first-aid kit. The CDA checked for active community role the member is playing in the society when the DHA wanted to see how healthy and active their lifestyles are. The Dubai Civil Defence sought to see if they had fire alarms and fire-fighting equipment in place in their villas."

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