Ensure you’re on the right electricity plan. If you’re using less than 8000kw of power a year, it’s cheaper to be on a low user plan. Use tools such as whatsmynumber.org.nz to check you’re getting the best deal.
Switching off your old second fridge could save up to $300 annually.
Use the free energy from the sun to dry clothes on an outside line, instead of in an electric dryer. You could save around $200annually (and it costs nothing to do this).
Run your heat pump on the most effective settings and clean the filter regularly to ensure it runs properly.
Change to energy saving light bulbs. A change of just 8 energy saving bulbs equates to $150 savings per year.
Check your shower usage. If the water from it fills a bucket in less than a minute you could save around $150 annually by changing to an efficient showerhead. Keep your showers short – in a household of three, each extra minute of shower time costs about $80 annually.
Turning off appliances left on standby saves around $125 annually.
Washing your clothes in cold water rather than warm water could save you $65 annually.
Stop heat escaping, and draughts, with DIY double glazing and good thick curtains.
Buy energy efficient appliances. ENERGY STAR is awarded to the top 25% most energy-efficient products.
10 tips for using your wood burner more efficiently
Check if it’s OK to use. Does it have a Council building permit or consent? Was it installed before 2000? Burners installed before 2000 in some parts of Nelson cannot be used or replaced with another wood burner.
Use Good Wood. This means dry wood with less than 25% moisture, left long enough after cutting to dry out before using it.