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Sharjah Electricity Costs Doubled In Two Years

Farnek Avireal survey details multi-million dirham impact on commercial and residential property in power hungry northern emirate

Commercial and residential property owners and tenants in Sharjah who have failed to take energy saving measures will have seen their electricity bills double by millions of dirhams in just two years, according to a new survey, details of which are released today (Wednesday 28th October 2009).

The survey of the impact of rising electricity tariffs on consumers in the power hungry northern emirate was carried out by Farnek Avireal, a leading United Arab Emirates company advising building owners on how to dramatically cut utility bills.

The survey follows a recently announced 50% hike in electricity tariffs which will see the Sharjah government continuing to subsidise half the actual cost of generating, transmitting and distributing electricity.

Farnek Avireal believes its intelligent energy saving solution, already in widespread use in the UAE, can substantially reduce the impact by cutting consumption by 25% in Sharjah, recently hit by power outages affecting thousands of consumers.

The survey (see graph) is based on actual buildings and shows the electricity cost of a Sharjah four star hotel of around 20,000 square metres increasing from AED2.5 million in 2007 to AED5 million in October this year.

Similarly an office tower of 35,000 square metres will have seen its electricity cost soar from AED1.5 million in 2007 to AED3 million this year. In addition, the electricity bills for a residential tower of a similar size have increased in the same period from AED1.75 million to AED3.25 million.

Farnek Avireal say the cost of its Energy Saving Module – which reduces electricity consumption from air conditioning and refrigeration systems by up to 25% – can be paid back in savings within 12 to 18 months. The Energy Saving Module is a green technology which reduces electricity consumption and maximum demand of air conditioning and refrigeration compressors.

“If building owners in Sharjah had installed our system in 2007 they would now be reaping the rewards of those savings,” said Markus Oberlin, General Manager of Farnek Avireal.

Farnek Avireal also conducts exhaustive energy audits, highlighting potential energy savings and through their comprehensive consultancy services, can make a series of recommendations that can not only reduce carbon emissions but significantly reduce energy costs.

"Are Sharjah consumers ready for substantially higher energy bills? Have they worked out if they can absorb these increases within their budgets? Surely it is better to think about how to reduce energy demands and, therefore, electricity bills.

“Curbing excessive consumption will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to the UAE having one of the world’s highest carbon footprints on a per capita basis.”

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