Villas for rent in Dubai are fabulously luxurious – but all that comfort may leave feeling guilty about the environment. But there are things to ease your eco-conscience…
Replace old-style bulbs with energy-saving ones
Energy-saving bulbs used to have a reputation for making the interiors of properties for rent in Dubai look cold and unattractive, but the newer ones have got around that. In terms of energy consumption, they are many times more efficient than filament bulbs, and you’ll find many tenants of Dubai homes to lease are now opting for them.
Add thick(ish) curtains at windows or doors
They may look cumbersome and, if you are not careful, your bedroom will end up looking like something from a gothic novel, but if you are serious about conserving energy, you should ditch blinds and buy something more substantial. They are good for keeping the searing sun out too, as well as keeping cool a/c air in.
Monitor your electricity consumption
If people could see with their own eyes how much electrical appliances cost them, they would be less wasteful. It is possible to buy digital displays that enable you to monitor your electricity consumption as easily as watching the meter in a taxi. An educational experience!
Investigate sources of second hand furniture
Why does everything have to be new, new, new? People used to take it for granted that their homes would contain a mixture of new and second-hand items in the old days. Start looking around some of the great flea markets and warehouse in Dubai to buy pieces for the home.
Lower your thermostat and check the temperature of your hot water
Have you ever turned on your hot tap and scalded yourself? Many people have their water temperature set too high without thinking about it. Just reducing the thermostat setting by a few degrees can lead to significant savings. As an added incentive, you can save a few hundred dirhams a year by turning down your thermostat by one degree Celsius.
Block draughts around doors, windows, and patios/balconies
If there is air seeping through your windows and doors from outside, then energy is being wasted. How many front doors are so badly fitted that you could slide a telephone directory under them? Padded draft-excluders may not look cool, but they do their job. This will be especially effective in high rise towers in winter.
Buy an eco-kettle
Most kettles use a ridiculous amount of electricity. People don't stop to think. They will boil enough water to make six cups of tea or coffee when they only need one. Eco-kettles are more energy-efficient and, if you are a compulsive tea-guzzler (looking at you, British expats) who feels emotionally bereft without your cuppa, they can beneficially impact on your electricity bills.
Fit a water-saving showerhead
How many people give themselves ecological brownie points for taking a shower rather than a bath, then undo all the good work by installing power showers that spew out more water than an American car-wash? You will save more energy if you opt for an aerated or low-flow showerhead. And don't loiter. A 10-minute shower is a luxury, really not a necessity – we’re living in the desert remember!