Winter power saving crucial
Auckland households are being encouraged to switch on to simple steps to use energy more efficiently and save on power bills.
Mercury Energy says conserving power is always important, especially in winter when electricity usage increases with the chilly weather.
But it says this winter it’s essential to be savings-savvy because national hydro lake levels are significantly lower.
Retail operations manager Richard De Luca says being energy efficient is the best way for families to make a difference and save money.
“Our long, hot summer has left hydro storage lake levels at around 60 percent of what’s typical for autumn.
“Mercury Energy has a close eye on the situation and we’re reminding customers to start turning off lights when not needed and making small changes to reduce consumption.”
Mercury Energy’s website www.mercury.co.nz provides a raft of energy efficiency tips.
Mr De Luca recommends the following energy efficiency checklist to reduce electricity use and curb bills: • Bright bulbs: Replace your four most-used bulbs with energy efficient ecobulbs or compact fluorescent lamps to save around $65 a year • Switch off: Turning unused appliances such as TVs, computers and stereos off at the wall can save more than $100 a year • Ditch your dryer: Dryers are the most energy-greedy appliance and cost about 24 cents an hour to run • Stop drips: Get dripping hot water taps fixed and take short showers not baths • Wash smart: Use the fast and economy cycles on your dishwasher as often as possible, and only wash full loads • Snuggle up: Hang well-lined curtains that cover the windows. Close curtains before sunset and make sure curtains and doors are closed when heaters are on • Wrap it: Fit a hot water cylinder wrap to reduce hot water heating costs • Save water: Save up to $400 a year by installing an energy effi low-flow shower head.