Warm up this win­ter

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Save on light­ing

Light­ing is one of the eas­i­est places you can save en­ergy around your house. Turn lights off when you’re not us­ing them. Re­place in­can­des­cent light bulbs with en­ergy ef­fi­cient ones and save $100 or more a year on elec­tric­ity in your house.

Save on hot wa­ter

Heat­ing wa­ter is ex­pen­sive, so us­ing less hot wa­ter has a big im­pact on your en­ergy bills. sub­head: Use an ef­fi­cient show­er­head It still gives you a great shower, but uses much less wa­ter. To check the flow rate of your shower, put a 10 litre bucket un­der the shower - if it fills in less than aminute, your show­er­head is wast­ing wa­ter. An ef­fi­cient show­er­head has a flow rate of 9 litres per minute, or less.

Re­duce shower time

A 15minute shower costs around $1, a 5 minute shower around 33c. A fam­ily of 4 could be sav­ing around $18 aweek just by tak­ing shorter show­ers. That’s $900 a year.

Use cold washes

Un­less you have an es­pe­cially dirty load. Mod­ern wash­ing ma­chines and deter­gents clean well us­ing cold wa­ter. A hot wa­ter wash uses 90% more elec­tric­ity than a cold wash

Save on ap­pli­ances

Ap­pli­ances left on standby can cost you more than $100 a year on your power bills. Ma­jor cul­prits are home en­ter­tain­ment ap­pli­ances, like TVs, stereos, game con­soles and com­puter equip­ment. sub­head: Plug them all into multi-plug boards so they can all be turned off prop­erly at the same time. Turn off other ap­pli­ances like white­ware at the wall too.

Heated towel rails

If you have a heated towel rail, only use it when needed. By having it on for 4 hours a day rather than all the time, you could save $130 a year. You can buy timers for towel rails that come on au­to­mat­i­cally at cer­tain times of the day.

Fridges

If you have a sec­ond fridge only to chill a few drinks, it could cost you $200 a year to run if it’s an old, in­ef­fi­cient model.

Con­sider turn­ing it off or get­ting rid of it. Check your fridge door seals - if the door doesn’t seal prop­erly, your fridge will use more en­ergy than it needs to. For­more En­er­gy­wise tips see www.eeca.govt.nz

A thermal wrap around your hot wa­ter cylin­der can save you money on your hot wa­ter heat­ing costs.

Us­ing an ef­fi­cient show­er­head uses less wa­ter.

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