Energy Savings Tips
There are lots of things you can do to keep your power bill down:
- Drying clothes outside saves $1 a load
- Cutting 5 mins off shower times can save $450 a year for a family of four
- Rather than cranking up your heatpump to maximum to warm a room, setting it at 20 degrees can use 50% less power.
- Turning off your second fridge can save $200 a year
- Switching off unused appliances at the wall can save $100 per year. Appliances that use standby power can account for 7 per cent of your power bill.
- Washing clothes in cold water can save $80 per year
- Replace your four most used light bulbs with energy efficient ones. Each bulb can save you $20 a year.
- Use a thermostat and timer on heaters.
- Use draught stopping tape or door snakes along the bottom of doors.
- Close doors and draw curtains at dusk to keep the day's heat in.
- Only have heat pumps and gas fires turned on when you're home and using the room.
- Only use heated towel rails when needed, or put them on a timer
- Defrost your freezer – it will run more efficiently
- Check your fridge door seals and replace them if they look worn or there are gaps
For further tips go to the EECA Energy Wise website www.energywise.govt.nz