Winter Power Savers.
The price of electricity increased 7.5% in the year between 2007 and 2008, and in some area’s 105% in 8 years between 2003 and 2011. New Zealanders pay substantially more for power than our neighbors. In 2010, Australians were paying 14.83c, while in New Zealand power was retailing for between 22.7c and 24.97c per kwh. So how do you keep your power bill down?
With a few small changes, there could be savings of 30% on power. If you could save 20% on your annual energy bill, think what that could get you. An additional mortgage payment per year, or sneaky weekend away next winter.
Energy efficient light bulbs save on average around $10 a year. If you replaced 15 in your home, that is saving $150 per year.
If you are thinking about buying a new computer, a new laptop typically uses around 85% less energy than a new desktop computer and takes up less space too.
Do anything you can to reduce drafts in your home. By sealing the cracks in your home, you can save between 5% and 30% this winter, lowering your winter bill by $92 to $550.
A family of four, each showering for five minutes a day, along with other water use, use about 2500 litres of water a week. Install a low-flow shower head and low-flow aerators on your taps it will use half the amount of water (and therefore power to heat).