Energy saving tips

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