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Going ‘green’ through conservation of energy and water resources, and, being a positive contributor to the good of our planet are certainly things that we should all aspire to.  However, it is not a breach of your ethical and moral obligation in this regard to look for the money saving benefits along the way.  In fact, the two go hand in hand quite nicely.  So, if you can do both yourself and the planet a favor at the same time, this is a win-win for everyone.

Here in the UAE, we have begun to see the emails, advertising and messaging from DEWA and other utility operators, trying to get us to pay attention to energy and water conservation.  DEWA has evolved its policies over time in following the national edict toward environmental conservation and care. 

Going ‘green’ through conservation of energy and water resources, and, being a positive contributor to the good of our planet are certainly things that we should all aspire to.  However, it is not a breach of your ethical and moral obligation in this regard to look for the money saving benefits along the way.  In fact, the two go hand in hand quite nicely.  So, if you can do both yourself and the planet a favor at the same time, this is a win-win for everyone.

Here in the UAE, we have begun to see the emails, advertising and messaging from DEWA and other utility operators, trying to get us to pay attention to energy and water conservation.  DEWA has evolved its policies over time in following the national edict toward environmental conservation and care. 

They have also included on their website, many bits of useful information and suggestions for saving energy and water. From the point of view of this article, these suggestions also nicely translate into ways to save some money. It also speaks to part of what it really means to ‘Live Smart’. That’s what all the talk regarding the ‘Internet of Things’ and ‘Smart devices’ should be all about: Devices that work together and act in a coordinated communication on your behalf. So, when you are not at home, the A/C turns off, the lights go off and other devices are powered down!  Not long ago, doing this was expensive and difficult, but this has recently all become very easy and surprisingly affordable for almost anyone. Let’s take a look at some of the suggestions and how we can put this into practice.

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Ghassan Khayyat
Ghassan was tuned into the writing world on a transistor radio-wave of an unbeknownst frequency, once upon a daydream dreary. With a firm belief in Dr. Seussims and all things gadget and gizmo-tronic, he tinkers before he speaks, and chooses his words technologically. He is Editor for T3 Middle East’s Levant English publication and English website, and Associated Editor for the GCC English publication. Reach him at ghassan@t3me.com. 
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