Tips for cutting down your electricity bill

1) Shop around between different power providers to find a scheme that best suits your needs.

Some are cheaper than others. Some offer different splits between fixed charges and the cost of units used. So depending on when you use electricity and the different types of electricity you use certain power companies could be cheaper. Check out the details on the back of your power bill to break down your usage and find out what plan you are currently on. For help to find out which might be your cheapest power option check out:

2) Insulate your home 

This does not come cheap, but will save you in the long run. Insulation is important not only for your heating bill, but also for creating a healthier environment for your family. It will also add value to your home if you got to sell in the future. If you don’t home your own home, but are living in a long term rental and have a relationship with your landlord you may want to have a conversation with your landlord about the benefits of insulation for both of you. Now is a great time to invest in insulation as the government is subsidising the cost of insulation for homes built before 2000. If you are on a general income you can get up to $1,300 (or 33%) towards the cost of ceiling and under floor insulation while if you have a Community Services Card you can save up to 60%. There may also be payment options available from your council and banks. For more information go to: 

3) Use energy saving light bulbs 

The average New Zealand family spends 12% of their energy consumption on lighting. This does not seem like much, but on average this adds up to over $220 a year. Energy saving bulbs can save you 80 percent on the cost of a standard light bulb, which can save you $150 or more a year on your power bill. Also they last much longer meaning you will have to replace them less often. 


4) Think about the way you use energy

For example, hot water can be a killer for your power bill. Try washing in cold water and limiting your showers. 
Be old fashioned and use a hot water bottle instead of an electric blanket in winter. 


5) Do you have curtains? 

If not this is really important as it provides cheap and effective insulation. If you can't afford curtains you may want to try the Curtain Bank. The Curtain Bank is a community service that recycles used curtains and provides them free of charge to members of the community who couldn’t otherwise afford them. If this service is of value to you follow the link to the community energy website: http://www.communityenergy.org.nz/curtain-banks/ 


6) Get advice

If you want to talk to someone kanohi ki te kanohi about ways you can save money (and the environment) in your energy usage, community energy offers free advisory services. 

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