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This morning we were asked to share some tips on winter power bill savings on TVNZ Breakfast. Below is a quick summary on what was discussed and where you can find help.
Compare pricing for electricity (and/or gas) plans using the Powerswitch website, provided by Consumer NZ. Switching energy providers is simple through the website. WARNING, be careful about free appliances, free power, telephone, and internet bundles. The energy providers want you as a paying customer and they want you in a longer term contract if possible. These types of contracts may have costly break fees if you want to or need to end the contract early.
Almost all kiwi homes now have a smart meter, which tracks electricity use in each half-hour period across the day. But, more importantly, smart metering has enabled some electricity providers to offer incentives like free or low-cost energy overnight and during off-peak periods – avoiding the electricity grid peak periods which are mornings 7-9am and evenings 5-9pm. So now, you can reduce the price you pay for electricity by running appliances like the dryer, washing machine, dishwasher and showering during these off-peak periods if you have the right electricity plan. Consider a timer for your hot water cylinder, but this would need an electrician. What’s really cool about this, is that a higher proportion of the electricity generated during these periods is from our renewable hydro, wind and geothermal stations, so if you want to be clean and green, shower early in the morning (before 6:30am).
Appliances – Check the star rating. You can calculate how much more a less-efficient appliance will cost to run, instead of a more efficient appliance, over say a 10-year period. Hint – it can be a lot!
Lighting – focus on the main living areas, or the lights which are on the most often. Replace incandescent or fluorescent bulbs with screw-in LED bulbs for the most cost effective option.
Hot water – use less to reduce your costs. Choose shorter showers and use shower flow restrictors. Shower during hours of free/cheaper power if it’s an option for you. If your hot water cylinder is older than about 15 years, then wrap it with additional insulation to reduce energy use – check at your local hardware store.
This is all stuff you can do yourself!
Keep heat in and keeping the cold out by closing curtains and blinds after it gets light and before it gets dark. Maximize the sun’s free energy during the day by opening those blinds and ventilate if it’s warm enough. A drier home is easier to heat. Some appliances can use a surprising amount of energy on standby. Consider temporary, DIY window insulation products like the affordable insulating films for single-glazed windows, such as those offered by 3M at hardware stores, to reduce heat loss without having to replace windows.
Support for Lower Income Households:
Having an efficiently heated warm house is important to the environment but also for our health. If you’re struggling with winter power bills, there is support to help with insulation and new efficient heating. EECA have the Warmer Kiwi Homes programme which provides 80% funding towards the cost of home insulation, heat pumps and efficient wood burners. Furthermore, at least one bank (Westpac) can provide a 5-year, $10,000 loan for heating and home insulation to home owners.