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Bringing Home Efficiency

Though UAE water and electricity prices have almost doubled in the last five years, most Dubai villas are energy inefficient, poorly insulated and equipped with oversized AC units. Yet the flow of residential energy-saving solutions has been a bare trickle at best.

Now energy management company Smart4Power is opening up the tap. Through tests run in five Dubai villas, S4P has successfully proven that a range of portable retrofit mechanisms can shrink homes’ annual energy bills by 25%, paying back installation costs in only one year.

This is a great boon to residents, who until now lacked both targeted services and information, leaving them stuck between paying either ever-higher utilities bills or the astronomic costs of implementing the few available solutions.

“Most people are clueless about where to start the green journey or how much they’ll save,” explains S4P’s Jesus Guttierrez. Thanks to online platform, residents can now virtually shop around before committing to one sustainable solution.

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Jennifer MacKenzie

Poet, writer and teacher Jennifer MacKenzie grew up on Bloomcrest Dr. in Bloomfield Hills, MI, which inspired her to wonder about places with patterns other than floral. Following her education at Wesleyan University's College of Letters and the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop, she followed a zig-zag course that included a pilgrimage across the top of Spain and a long sojourn in Syria in pursuit of the language of Muhammad al-Maghout and Moudthaffar al-Nawwab. While in Damascus she completed the books of poems "Distant City" and "My Not-My Soldier" (forthcoming from Fence Books) and edited the magazine Syria Today. Her poems and essays can be found in numerous journals including the Kenyon Review online, Guernica, Quarterly West, and Lungfull. She currently lives in New York.

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