News in brief:
-Survey by Taqeef shows that 66% of UAE residents look for chiller free options when searching for a home
-58% of respondents said they would use their AC less if they had to pay the full bill
-Sharjah residents are the most cost-conscious, with 70% stating that they would look for AC charges to be included
A survey commissioned by cooling and energy solutions provider Taqeef reveals that 66% of UAE residents look for chiller free options when searching for a home to rent, with only 10% saying they do not.
This was highest among families, with 62% of couples with children admitting AC bills were a top three factor in the decision-making process.
This comes following recent survey findings by the company which revealed 58% of respondents would use their AC less if they had to pay the full bill, despite 74% admitting that they are aware that using their AC excessively can have a negative impact on the environment.
When analysing the results further, the data revealed income and location play a factor:
- People earning in the AED30,000-AED35,000 salary bracket are most likely to look for options where AC bills are included in the rent – with 89% stating this as a key consideration. This is followed by 81% of those who earn AED8,000-AED10,000 and 72% of those who earn AED25,000-AED30,000.
- Sharjah residents are the most cost-conscious, with 70% stating that they would look for AC charges to be included, followed by Abu Dhabi (67%) and Dubai (64%) residents.
Tariq Al Ghussein, Taqeef chairman and CEO said: “Given the harsh climate in the UAE, particularly in the summer months, residents rely on their AC units to keep their homes comfortable and humidity free. However, it’s important for us to be mindful of our AC use, and at Taqeef we’re working hard to find smarter and more efficient ways of cooling the region’s homes.
“Affordable technologies, such as the Nest Learning Thermostat, make it easy to save energy without compromising cooling or air quality. By figuring out exactly what cooling your space needs while you’re away, it can help homeowners manage their usage and contribute to greener, cleaning cooling.
The survey was conducted by YouGov and approximately 1,000 participants shared their views from across the UAE.