Energy Diet

Al Nowais Family

The al Nowais family lives in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Mohamed al Sayed is 40 years old and works as an accountant at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development. Boudour, 34, works as a graphic designer at Al Ittihad newspaper, and is a working mother of three children: Ali, 6 years old and in first grade; Hasan, 4 years old and in kindergarten; and Fatima, 2 years old and in pre-kindergarten.


United Arab Emirates Participants

United Arab Emirates
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At Home (87%)

  • Changed thermostat
  • Changed settings on refrigerator, freezer, water heater and washer
  • Replaced at least one third of light bulbs with CFLs or LEDs
  • Disconnected electronic devices when not in use

Wild Card Items

  • Eliminated second freezer or refrigerator
  • Insulated water heater
  • Replaced appliances with green-certified products
  • Hung clothes up to dry instead of using the dryer
  • Sealed all of the windows and doors
  • My own action: using solar light at night lamps insted of sided lights, sensor-activated tap,extra filter natural plants, and minimize the use of electric air filters at home.installing energy meter

At the Store (100%)

  • Switched to organic produce
  • Switched to eco-friendly cleaning methods
  • Switched to locally made (non-produce) products where possible

Wild Card Items

  • Cut use of disposable items
  • Repaired or extended use of clothing items
  • Stopped using wrapping paper for gifts
  • Rented or borrowed instead of buying infrequently used items
  • My own action: use reusable shopping bags including my own big bags

Food (100%)

  • Ate a vegetarian diet one day a week
  • Cut down on take-away meals
  • Limited daily intake of beef to 8 ounces
  • Switched to sustainable seafood

Wild Card Items

  • Started a food-based garden
  • Ate vegan or raw for a certain number of days per week
  • Bought grass-fed beef instead of conventional
  • Gave up at least one processed food
  • My own action: plannning to eat veg diet twice a week,and in between daily meals.

Transportation (90%)

  • Drove no faster than the posted the speed limit, avoided rapid acceleration or braking
  • Removed extra weight from car, inflated tires
  • Used public transportation instead of driving
  • Reduced your planned air travel by one trip

Wild Card Items

  • Bought carbon offsets for travel
  • Carpooled or found a ride-sharing program
  • Invested in a more fuel-efficient car
  • My own action: always drive on eco mode in my car.reduced internet shopping from the uk and usa.

Waste Disposal And Reduction (0%)

  • Recycled all glass, aluminum, plastic, batteries and paper
  • Eliminated advertising mail
  • Changed to paperless billing
  • Eliminated the use of plastic and paper bags

Wild Card Items

  • Began composting at home
  • Used biodegradable bags for walking the dog
  • Recycled old athletic shoes and clothes
  • Recycled or donated old electronics

Water Use (80%)

  • Gave up bottled water
  • Turned off tap when brushing teeth, scrubbing dishes
  • Shortened showering time
  • Replaced shower head with a low-flow model

Wild Card Items

  • Used xeriscaping for yard
  • Installed a rain barrel to collect water for garden, lawn and plants
  • Insulated water heater
  • My own action: sensor-activated tap,shower first aid, reuse the water we wash our veg and fruits, fish tank for watering plants around the house. check and repair leaks around the house,bought new low flow watering hose for plants as well as for washing the cars.
Total Points: 480

An Unbelievable Week of Learning

I went to Abu Dhabi Distribution Company for water and electricity and asked for my bills, and the staff were really helpful and got me everything from July 13, 2009 to January 11, 2011. That was my first-time ever to visit that place. I started asking about reading our meter, as I really don’t know…

A Journey We Will Not Forget

The Al Nowais family consists of five people: Our three children (Ali, 6, Hasan, 5, and our youngest, Fatima, 2), my husband Mohamed and myself, Boudour. Mohamed is an accountant manager at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development. As for myself, I am a work as a graphics designer for Al Ittihad newspaper.…