These days the temperature seems to have gone to extremes. Hitherto unknown figures are being recorded this month, in the range of 40 to 46 degrees Celsius. Health officials have warned and advised us to remain hydrated and reduce outdoor activities.
The Electricity and Water Authority have added their tips: to monitor and reduce use of the electrical appliances at home, at a time of high consumption.
Amid all these expert advises, one thing remains a concern to customers but no one has talked about is: How to reduce the high electricity and water bills that is increasing every year, particularly for the expat community.
Gone are the days when the government was subsidising and customers have to pay a minimal charge. I am not a supporter of subsidy, with all its huge financial implications for the government but the authorities in charge should have to come up with proposals to use alternative sources of power to generate electricity.
The source that comes to our mind is the solar energy, which mother nature has given us in abundance. Bahrain is still studying on the use of solar panels and pilot trials have been made and found out to be successful. So why not extend the chance to the wider consumer and indirectly help them reduce the monthly bills?
Gulf News, in its June 3 issue, reported that ‘The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has urged Dubai residents to install solar panels on the rooftops of their homes ... to generate electricity and export any excess to the power grid. The call is a matter of urgency because now is the time to explore alternative source of energy to beat the rising temperature while keeping the bill low.
So what keeps us from installing solar panels on our rooftops to generate electricity for our domestic consumption? Have the workshops and consultant meeting on the subject not yet over?
Many developing countries in Africa and Asia use solar panels for their day-to-day domestic consumption. I have travelled to those countries in 2012 and surprised to witness the wide use of solar energy in restaurants and hotels.
Is it the right time that the EWA facilitate the installation of solar panels on our rooftops?