Here’s some simple tips that could trim hundreds off your power bill over the year, and help keep your home cosy and snug. Savings are based on an average family and will vary. Energy saving advice from EECA energywise.govt.nz.
Switch off your appliances at the wall when you’re not using them.
Only use a dryer if you can’t hang them on the line, and never dry them inside.
When having a cuppa, only boil as much water in the kettle as you need.
A house using LED bulbs can save $100 or more a year compared to traditional bulbs.
18-22° is the best range for keeping your house, warm, healthy and energy efficient
They're 3x more efficient than electric heaters (good for small rooms).
Close doors between rooms and close the curtains in the evening to keep the heat in.
Stop the gaps around doors and windows. Make your own draught stoppers, with socks.
If it fills a 10L bucket in under 1 min, it wastes hot water. Use a flow restrictor to save water.
A family of four can save $450 a year cutting down their daily showers by 5 minutes.
Using cold water for laundry saves energy. Reserve hot water for tough stains only.
A dripping hot tap is pouring money down the drain.
If you’re struggling to pay your bill your power retailer can recommend a payment schedule.
Chat to your power company to see if you’re on the best plan for you, or compare plans using powerswitch.org.nz
Ask your power company to connect you with an independent budgeting service for free financial advice.
Make sure you’re getting the assistance you’re entitled to from WINZ they may be able to help with your power bills