The cost of energy is a source of stress for many of us. A recent survey of more than 1,800 New Zealanders by Canstar Blue found that an impressive 47 percent of us have tried to reduce our energy consumption over the past year by changing our usage habits – but even so the average Kiwi spends roughly $165 a month on their electricity bill.
So – here are a few tips to cut that power cost.
Identify the power-guzzlers.
Some appliances use a lot more power than others. Clothes dryers, washing machines – even your kettle – are power guzzlers. So use them mindfully. Even little things such as leaving extra lights on and leaving all your appliances on standby add to your costs.
Change the temperature.
Keep your house ice-cold in summer or toasty-warm in winter is expensive. So if you use air conditioning/heating then harden up and adjust the thermostat to a less-expensive setting. Also change the temperature in the laundry: washing your clothes in cold water and drying them on the washing line is cheaper that hot water/clothes dryer.
Negotiate your electricity rate.
If you have a choice of energy supplier then it makes sense to exercise that choice! The power to choose puts you in the driving seat. So pull out the most recent copy of your gas/electricity bill, analyse your usage, then phone around to see what sort of cheaper deals you could get elsewhere. The government-supported Powerswitch website will help you to compare your electricity supply options. And check out the Canstar Blue electricity providers customer satisfaction survey results.
Phone your current supplier.
Once you’ve wised up to the other deals on offer, phone your existing supplier and ask them to match it. It could be less hassle than switching!
Take action now!
It’s great to think about all the things you could do to reduce your energy costs – but it won’t happen unless you actually do them. Start today!