The Waiheke Budgeting Service provides free and confidential advice on budgeting and debt management to Waiheke residents. We seek to help our clients regain control over their financial situation. For more information on our services see: What we do.
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Lights and Switches
- Turn lights off when you leave a room.
- Use energy-saving bulbs throughout your home
- Don’t leave appliances on standby. If you can see the ‘standby’ light glowing, it’s still using up electricity. Switch the appliance off at the main power button, or even the power point.
- Seal gaps around windows or doors and block off unused fireplaces.
- Choose a heater that suits the space you are trying to heat. Heat pumps are very energy efficient. Avoid unflued gas heaters – they are costly to run and can give off toxic fumes.
- If you use heated towel rails, turn them off at night.
- During autumn and winter, close your windows and curtains as soon as the sun goes down, to keep the heat inside. Curtains are best floor length and thermal lined.
- Make sure curtains and doors are closed when heaters are on. Close the doors to other areas not in use.
- Have windows double-glazed if you can afford it.
- If you have one, insulate your hot water tank. This helps maintain the water temperature so less energy is used making it hot.
- Take showers rather than baths. A short shower uses much less water than a bath.
- Fit a low-flow 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.
- 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.
- Line dry clothes when possible, or use an indoor clothes horse when the weather is bad. If you do use the dryer ensure the clothes are as dry as possible after washing – eg a fast spin if appropriate – so there’ll be less excess water. This will reduce drying time.
- 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, and an element which fits the base.
- Use a microwave where possible, as this uses half the electricity as a conventional stove.
- Only run your dishwasher when you have a full load
- Fill the kettle or jug from the cold tap and only heat the amount needed.
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.
- Check if any subsidies are available through EnergyWise.
- Whenever replacing appliances, buy energy-efficient models.