How to shrink your win­ter power bill

Here are nine top tips you should fol­low to save money this win­ter.

The Tribune (NZ) - - BACKYARD BANTER -

Win­ter is com­ing, and while it might be tempt­ing to turn the heater up to high, snug­gle into bed with your elec­tric blan­ket, and crank the dryer ev­ery time you do the wash­ing, your power bill won’t thank you for it.

Here’s a few ex­tra tips to keep your en­ergy bill low this win­ter, with­out freez­ing in the process.

TURN IT OFF

If you’re not us­ing an ap­pli­ance, switch it off at the wall.

BEWATER-WISE

Keep your show­ers short and use a cold cy­cle to do your wash­ing. Drip­ping hot taps could cost you hun­dreds of dol­lars a year so make sure they are fixed, and con­sider turn­ing your hot wa­ter cylin­der off when you go on hol­i­day.

FIND ‘FREE’ POWER DEALS

With sig­nif­i­cant changes in the New Zealand elec­tric­ity mar­ket in re­cent years, small changes in your be­hav­iour can add up to big en­ergy sav­ings if you’re with the right com­pany. Elec­tric Kiwi CEO Luke Blin­coe says: ‘‘We give all our cus­tomers a free hour of ‘off­peak’ power ev­ery day. So we have seen smart cus­tomers sav­ing 10 per cent on av­er­age by tim­ing when they’re do­ing ev­ery­thing from cook­ing and dry­ing clothes, to heat­ing their house – all for free within their ‘hour of power’.’’

IN­STALL A HEAT PUMP

Heat pumps are the most ef­fi­cient way of us­ing elec­tric­ity to heat your home, and also dou­ble as an air con­di­tioner in the heat of sum­mer.

BE ECO­NOM­I­CAL WITH YOUR ELEC­TRIC BLAN­KET

Turn your elec­tric blan­ket on an hour be­fore you go to bed then off when you jump in. Bet­ter yet, set a timer on it to turn on and off.

ELIM­I­NATE DRAUGHTS

Tighten door hinges, use draught­stop­ping tape around win­dows and doors, and use door snakes to pre­vent cool breezes from mak­ing their way into your home.

SHOP AROUND FOR THE BEST PRICES

Some en­ergy com­pa­nies are much cheaper than others so do your re­search on a site like Pow­er­switch – in par­tic­u­lar, the fastest grow­ing com­pa­nies in New Zealand over the past year have been smaller com­pa­nies like Elec­tric Kiwi and Flick Elec­tric. If you’re not sure which sup­plier to go with, ask for rec­om­men­da­tions on Neigh­bourly.

USE EN­ERGY-EF­FI­CIENT LIGHT BULBS

It’s time to re­place old in­can­des­cent light bulbs with en­ergy-ef­fi­cient ones.

CHECK YOUR IN­SU­LA­TION

If you own your home, in­su­la­tion is an es­sen­tial in­vest­ment. If you rent, ask your land­lord to take a look at your in­su­la­tion.

Check out the Gov­ern­ment’s Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes Pro­gramme too; you might qual­ify for free in­su­la­tion.

In ad­di­tion to in­su­lat­ing the walls, you can also in­su­late your hot wa­ter cylin­der and pipes.

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In­su­la­tion is an es­sen­tial in­vest­ment for any home­owner.

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