The Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa), represented by the National Programme for Conservation and Energy Efficiency (Tarsheed), on Wednesday launched its new initiative to reduce water and electricity consumption by 5% in the residential sector.
Making the announcement, Tarsheed president engineer Abdulaziz al-Hammadi said the objective is to obtain the reduction in consumption by using practical and available solutions at the lowest possible cost.
The initiative contributes to Qatar National Vision 2030 by raising awareness, endorsing rationalisation techniques and promoting responsible consumer behaviour with detailed follow-up techniques being implemented to provide customers with support and guarantee long-term results.
The initiative will be implemented in 2021 and 2022 in four basic phases. It’s designed according to the consumption pattern and housing type for everyone who takes part. The first phase which involves introducing the initiative, its goals, expected results, and filling out the residential consumption questionnaire, will be carried from April 11, 2021 to May 20, 2021.
To be run from May 20, 2021 to July 31, 2021, the second stage is to analyse the results of the questionnaires and launch an interactive platform on the Tarsheed page on the Kahramaa website to follow up on the participants on how to reduce 5% of the electricity and water consumption in every home.
During the third phase, from August 1, 2021 to January 31, 2022, an interactive platform through an electronic application will be launched. This will provide a plan designed for each subscriber to achieve the efficiency of electricity and water use specifically in each house and according to the number of electrical appliances and the quality of water tools.
The fourth phase will be run from February 1, 2022 to March 1, 2022 while evaluating the previous phases. Results of the initiative will be announced during this phase.
"We expect that this initiative will achieve effective results in the case of saving electricity by 5%, which is estimated at about 600 gigawatts per hour. In the case of saving 5% of water it’s about 11mn cu m. This will help the country achieve savings estimated at about QR 212 mn,” al-Hammadi said.
The questionnaire is available on Kahramaa’s website. Engineer Mohamed Khalid al-Sharshani, head of the technical section at Tarsheed, said intensified awareness campaigns will be carried out with the support of media and social media in order to yield best results.