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    Power saving tips

    environmental electricityWe’ve all been hit in the pocket by rising electricity costs, at work and at home. The price of electricity is beyond our control, but it’s within our power to curb the amount of energy we consume. By following our power saving tips, you’ll be helping to reduce the impact on our fragile natural environment and preserve our planet’s resources.

    Turn lights off when you leave a room.
    Instead of leaving outside lights on at all times, fit motion sensor lights.
    Use energy-saving bulbs throughout your home.

    Block all draughts – 15% to 25% of heat escapes through gaps or poorly sealed areas. You can do this by blocking off unused fireplaces, fitting draught-excluders on doors and sealing doors and windows with weather stripping.
    Choose a heater that suits the space you are trying to heat. For instance, a fan heater will not be the most efficient way to heat a large room. Your options include oil column heaters, fan heaters and radiant heaters.
    Avoid gas heaters – they are costly to run and give off moisture.
    Make sure your home is well-heated, especially during winter, to avoid dampness, mould and mildew.
    Consider a woodburner to heat your home, but make sure you have a model which won’t cause excessive air pollution or burn wood inefficiently.
    During autumn and winter, close your windows and curtains as soon as the sun goes down, to keep the heat inside.

    Take showers rather than baths.
    Fit an economical showerhead – this could save you litres of water for every minute you’re in the shower. A good shower should take a minute or longer to fill a ten litre bucket.

    Fit electronic timers to extract fans, so they turn off automatically after 7 minutes.

    If you use heated towel rails, turn them off at night.
    Repair leaky taps.

    Use cold water for your washes – this will save you a whopping 90% in running costs.
    Only put a wash through when you have a full load.
    Hang clothes to dry rather than using a drier – in the warmer months, an outside clothes line is a great idea, and in colder months, a clothes horse in a well-ventilated part of the house will do the trick.

    Buy an energy efficient refrigerator – a modern model will use 25% less than an older model. Ask at the appliance store about the energy efficiency rating system.
    Ensure your fridge and freezer doors are well sealed – the fridge should run at regular intervals, not continuously.
    When heating a pot on your stove-top, use a lid which fits the pot.
    Use a microwave where possible, as this uses half the electricity as a conventional stove.
    Don’t use a dishwasher, but if you need to, run it only when you have a full load and choose an energy efficient model.

    Floor and Ceiling
    Insulate your ceiling – lack of insulation can account for 40-60% of heat loss. Glass fibre insulation is cost effective and will keep the cost of heating down. The cost will pay itself back within seven years.
    Insulate your floor – lack of insulation can lead to 20% of heat loss. New homes require insulation, but in older houses insulating foil can be fitted under the floor joists.
    Fit thick carpets with underlay, or cork tiles, to achieve maximum floor insulation.

    Windows can account for 25-30% of heat loss from your home, so make sure you fit well-lined curtains (floor length with thermal lining is best).
    Warm your house using the power of the sun whenever you can.
    Close curtains and windows in the evening.
    Have windows double glazed if you can afford it.

    Hot Water Cylinder
    Heat loss from an older hot water cylinder is a common problem in New Zealand homes. Check the label – anything less than an ‘A’ grade cylinder needs insulation. If the outside feels warm to the touch, you need to fit a wrap.
    Insulate the first two metres of pipe from the hot water cylinder.
    Check the thermostat – your water doesn’t need to be any hotter than 60 degrees Celsius.

    Now that you know how, get saving! These simple power saving tips are guaranteed to save you money on your annual electricity costs, as well as making for a warmer, more comfortable and eco-friendly home

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