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Save energy, save money

Saving energy is important for a couple of reasons, it helps you save money on your energy bills, and it helps reduce your carbon footprint, which is good for the environment.  There are a few ways to tackle energy use, especially in the colder months.  And there are plenty of changes you can make that won’t cost you a cent.

Managing your power costs

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 55°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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