Dubai-based Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) has launched an emirate-wide summer campaign to reduce district cooling (DC) consumption and boost transparency levels in its billing methodology.
The campaign, which runs from June to mid-September, gives cooling reduction tips, such as setting the room temperature to 24C, in addition to other recommendations that will help district cooling users across Dubai to minimize their energy consumption during peak times in summer.
The campaign mainly targets end-users in residential and commercial projects covered by Empower services, focused on comparing consumption patterns during the corresponding period in 2014, in projects like Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), Jumeirah Lake Towers, Business Bay area and International Media Production Zone (IMPZ).
“Our aim is to communicate to the general public the importance of saving energy and helping the environment by setting their AC thermostat to 24C at their homes and offices,” said Ahmad Bin Shafar, chief executive officer of Empower. “This campaign will enhance awareness about minimizing energy consumption of district cooling, especially in peak hours during summer.”
According to Bin Shafar, the Empower team will drive the campaign by educating customers through various channels, including educational brochures, emails, text messages and give-aways.
Bin Shafar added: “Empower's district cooling system is underpinned by a skilled round-the-clock service team and a comprehensive set of emergency back-up systems that ensure complete reliability. In summer, demand for cooling service increases and it is our responsibility to educate people on how to optimize their consumption.”
The company does pre-summer preparation works at its systems across Dubai, to ensure accuracy, efficiency and reliability for the peak season. “Leveraging on low-usage during winter months, Empower has developed systems to ensure a consistent service, irrespective of time of day or intensity of temperature,” concluded Bin Shafar.
Empower makes preparations in advance to meet the increased demand for district cooling during the busy period of June to September when temperatures reach the peak, a statement said.