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Save energy,
save money

There are lots of ways to tackle energy use, especially in the colder months. And there are plenty of changes you can make that won’t cost a cent.

Managing your power costs

Saving energy is important as it saves you money on energy bills, and reduces your carbon footprint.

MIND THE GAP

  • Ensure your home is well insulated to reduce heating costs.
  • Seal draughty gaps and use draught stoppers for doors.
  • Use efficient heaters with thermostat and set to 18-20c.

KITCHEN

  • Microwaves, pressure cookers, crock pots, and electric fry pans all use less power than an oven.
  • Use your extractor fan or open windows during and after cooking.
  • Boil only the amount you need in the jug.

BATHROOM, AND LAUNDRY

  • Wrap your hot water cylinder to minimise heat loss.
  • Turn your hot water temperature down to 60°C. You’ll need an electrician to do this.
  • Showers generally use less hot water than baths.
  • Fix dripping hot water taps.
  • Use cold wash cycle on your washing machine and do a full load.

 LOUNGE

  • Clean heat pump filters regularly.
  • Install energy efficient light bulbs and turn lights off when not in the room.
  • Turn appliances off at the wall rather than leaving on standby.
  • Don’t leave your mobile phone charging all night.

HELPS AT HAND

We’ve developed a series of brochures to help you save energy in your home:

 

The Government’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) works to improve the energy efficiency of New Zealand’s homes and businesses.

For more information visit their website:

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