Tips to con­serve en­ergy

Central Leader - - News -

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 as 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 ef­fi­cient, low-flow shower head.

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