Energy Saving Tips

Save power and reduce your costs 

It’s easier than you think to save electricity. Here’s some recommendations we’ve pulled together:


 

Curtains

Opening your curtains in the morning maximises the free heat from the sun. Closing your curtains at dusk, will help to trap the warmth in your home.

Adding an extra layer of material to your curtains can also help keep your home warm. You can source curtain lining from a variety of places, or pick up some second hand curtains to add onto your existing curtains as a great low cost approach.

Draughts

Draught stoppers help prevent heat escaping by covering up the gaps underneath doors and windows. For a low-cost option, it can be as simple as rolling up a towel, or for the sewing enthusiast you can make your own!

Adding products like v-seal to your front or back doors or window frames is another good low-cost solution that helps to keep the warm air in and the cold air out.

 

LED Lighting

LED lightbulbs use up to 85% less electricity than traditional bulbs.

Replacing your bulbs with LED lights, could save you up to $100 per year (or more!). At EA Networks, we’re pretty passionate about LED bulbs. As part of our Warm for Winter campaign, we are giving away free LED bulbs to customers in our community.

If you’d like to receive some LED lightbulbs for FREE, simply email  customervoice@eanetworks.co.nz, put FREE LED in the subject line and include your name, address and contact number and we’ll be in touch**.

 

**Free LED bulbs are only available to customers connected to electricity in our network area. Subject to availability.

Hot Water

In winter, there’s nothing nicer than a long hot shower. Except that extended shower could be adding a whole lot of extra cost to your bill. Hot water usage makes up around 30% of your power bill. 

You can keep the costs of hot water down by:

  • Making sure your hot water cylinder is well insulated. If your house was built prior to 2002, it might pay to check what insulation you have around your hot water cylinder. You can buy cylinder wraps from local hardware stores.
  • Checking you’re on the right electricity plan – you can save money depending on when you heat your hot water and what plan you’re on. Talk to your electricity retailer.
  • Reduce the amount of time in the shower, it uses less hot water, which means less electricity is needed to heat it up again.

Did you know? A dripping hot water tap could be costing you more than you know. If it’s dripping at one drip per second, it could be adding about $10 per month to your bills!

Washing Machines and Dryers

Washing clothes in hot water can cost up to 10 times more electricity than a cold wash. According to EECA, changing four loads of laundry from a hot to a cold wash, will save you about $60 - $80 a year!

While clothes dryers may be convenient, each load costs about $1. Drying clothes in a carport, under a verandah or even in the garage might take a bit longer, but it will also save you money in the long run.

Appliances

Whether you’re running a washing machine, looking at buying a new fridge / freezer or thinking about putting on your clothes dryer – the appliances we use contribute a lot to the amount we pay in our monthly power bill.

If you’re buying a new appliance, the Energy Rating Label makes it easy to compare energy efficiency and running costs. More stars on the label means it’s more energy efficient.

You can find out more about energy ratings here https://www.consumer.org.nz/articles/energy-rating-labels-explained.

How much is it costing to run that appliance?

According to Consumer, some typical running costs for our much loved appliances are:

Heating

Appliance

Typical power use (watts)

Cost

Heated towel rail

80

49c /day

Bathroom heater – fan 

2400

61c /hour

Fan heater – 2.4kW       

2400     

61c /hour

Heat pump – 4.5kW

1250 / 1800

32 – 46c /hour

Heater – two-bar

2400

61c /hour

Oil-filled heater

2000

51c /hour

Kitchen

Appliance

Typical power use (watts)

Cost

Crockpot

230

6c /8 hours

Oven (roast)      

1900

38c /roast

Fridge / Freezer (372L)

 

44c /day

Microwave

1000

2c /plate

Toaster (2-slice)

850 / 1250

1.1 – 1.6c /load

Dishwasher (new)

2000

31c /load

Electric Frypan

1250

32c /hour

 Lights

Appliance

Typical power use (watts)

Cost

100 watt bulb

100

15c /6 hours

LED bulb – 100 watt equivalent

14

2c /6 hours

 Laundry  

Appliance

Typical power use (watts)

Cost

Washing Machine (large, top loader – COLD wash)

 

4c /load

Washing Machine (large, top loader – WARM wash)

 

46c / load

Clothes Dryer – 3.5kg load

1800

$86c /load

Ironing (min / max)

1750 / 2400

45 – 61c /hour

 Other

Appliance

Typical power use (watts)

Cost

Vacuum Cleaner

1100

28c /hour

Electric Blanket – single

40 / 150

1 – 4c /hour

Television 32”, LCD

128

3c /hour

Computer and LCD monitor

150

4c /hour

For more information on appliance running costs, check out https://www.consumer.org.nz/articles/appliance-running-costs

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