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Energy saving tips

Being more energy efficient is all about making good decisions.

The team at KCE has put together some smart ways to help you reduce your energy consumption and save money on your monthly bill. 

Simple ways to reduce your energy bill

  • Turn the lights off when you leave a room
  • Use cold water for laundry washes and wash only full loads
  • Use a clothesline rather than a dryer
  • Repair leaky taps
  • Close curtains and windows at sunset in the winter
  • Use a draught stopper underneath doors to limit draughts
  • Block off open fireplaces when they are not in use
  • Switch off electronic equipment at the wall when not in use
  • Run heated towel rails for a few hours only
  • Reduce your hot water cylinder temperature, but not less than 60°C
  • Use thermostats and timers on heaters
  • Take a shorter shower
  • Shower rather than bath
  • Stop hot taps dripping by replacing the washer or fitting

Easy and affordable fixes to save you money

  • Install a water-efficient shower head
  • Fill gaps in your ceiling insulation
  • Fit shields for draughts and rain on external doors
  • Insulate the first two metres of hot-water pipe nearest the hot-water cylinder
  • Use compact fluorescent bulbs in the light fittings you use the most

Energy saving measures that pay for themselves in 1-5 years

  • Insulate the ceiling
  • Use chalking and weather strips to block air gaps around plumbing pipes and electrical cables, windows and doors
  • Insulate remaining hot-water pipes
  • Insulate under timber floors
  • If your hot-water cylinder is not labelled A grade, install a cylinder wrap
  • Cover wet ground underneath your house with polythene, taping the joints and ensuring a fit around the piles

Energy saving measures that will pay for themselves in 3-15 years

  • Insulate the walls when renovating
  • Increase your ceiling insulation
  • Convert to solar hot-water heating
  • Double-glaze windows
  • Install awnings or shades over windows that overheat your home in summer - this will reduce the need for cooling fans and air-conditioning
  • Consider installing a heat pump to replace conventional electric heaters

For more tips and information on how to be more energy efficient, visit the ENERGYWISE™ website at www.energywise.govt.nz.