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How to Keep Energy Bills Down During Ramadan

As the UAE braces for rising temperatures during Ramadan, maintaining efficient air conditioning systems is a priority that cannot be overstated. While our focus may often be on preparing for the spiritual and communal aspects of this holy month, ensuring that our homes remain cool and energy-efficient is equally essential. We all love to enjoy this holy month's unmatched festivities, family gatherings, and, of course, delicious pre-dawn Suhoor meals and evening Iftar feasts. But as we spend more time indoors, keeping cool becomes a priority, and so does lowering energy consumption and environmental footprints of our homes.

By following some simple steps and minor adjustments, we can enjoy a cool and eco-conscious Ramadan without breaking the bank.

1. Be smart with your AC

Everyone living in or visiting the UAE in the summer knows that in a desert climate like ours, comfort is king. That's why making some small adjustments can have a big impact on keeping cool and saving money this Ramadan.

Set your thermostat at 24°C: Adjusting the thermostat higher can help cut down on energy usage. Keeping it at 24°C or above can lead to cost savings with each degree increase saving up to 5% in energy consumption. Every single degree matters!

Schedule your cool down: Don't blast the AC all day, utilise the timer function on your unit. Pre-cool your home an hour before Suhoor and Iftar to avoid blasting it during peak heat times.

Embrace the night air: Take advantage of the cooler night temperatures, open windows, and switch off the AC for a natural refresh. Remember to close windows and resume cooling just before the sun rises.

Regular maintenance matters: Don't forget your AC maintenance. Research indicates that regular cleaning and maintenance of AC filters, ducts, and coils are pivotal in maintaining optimal cooling, air quality, and energy efficiency.

2. Cooling beyond the AC

There's more to staying cool than just overcharging your AC all day. Here are some clever energy-saving tips.

Take advantage of natural light: Let the sunshine in! Open curtains during safe daylight hours to brighten your space. Strategically placed indoor plants can also help cool the air through natural transpiration (think of them as tiny air conditioners!).

Appliance awareness: Be mindful of heat-generating appliances during the day. Save running the dishwasher and dryer for cooler evening hours.

Kitchen cooling strategies: Planning your meals strategically can help. Opt for stovetop cooking over the oven whenever possible. Consider using a pressure cooker to reduce cooking times and heat output.

Opt for light clothing and better curtains: Utilise lightweight, breathable fabrics for clothing and invest in good-quality curtains to block out the harsh afternoon sun.

Use fans for air circulation: Fans use about as much electricity as a regular light bulb and also assist in improving air circulation for enhanced cooling, particularly when the thermostat is set at higher levels. Remember to switch them off before leaving the room.

3. Saving electricity throughout your home:

Small changes throughout your home can add up to big savings on electricity bills.

Switch to LEDs: LED light bulbs use significantly less energy and last much longer. An easy swap that makes a big difference.

Combat "Vampire Energy": Ever noticed the small red light on electrical sockets that is always on? This light means that your electric device is still connected to the grid and can still draw electricity even when on standby or switched off. Here's how to fight back: Unplug chargers, TVs, and other electronics when they're not in use. Consider using power strips with on/off switches to easily cut power to multiple devices.

Water heater management: Adjust your water heater temperature to a comfortable setting, typically around 50°C (122°F). Consider taking shorter showers during Ramadan to further reduce hot water usage.

By incorporating these straightforward measures, you can relish a refreshing and serene Ramadan, all while reducing energy bills and your environmental footprint. Remember, small adjustments lead to big savings.

Thinking about upgrading your old AC to a new more energy-efficient AC model? Neglecting maintenance for your existing system and looking for a trusted maintenance provider? Taqeef can help! We offer a wide range of AC units and comprehensive maintenance services. Contact us today or visit any of our stores to embrace this holy month with a commitment to eco-consciousness and a sustainable Ramadan experience.

Happy Ramadan!