8 simple ways to reduce the amount of power you use
How much power do your appliances really use?
Now you can find out with a Trustpower Energy Watch Monitor.
It lets you see, in real time, how much power an appliance is using and what it’s costing you to run.
If you'd like to borrow an Energy Watch Monitor for up to three weeks, you can do so for just the cost of the courier ($5.00).
Simply click here.
Top 10 energy wasters
Here are 10 things to check in your home to make sure you are not using power you don't need to.
The Winter Energy Payment
Paying for power to keep warm over winter can be a challenge for some people.
That's why the New Zealand Government is introducing the Winter Energy Payment for people who receive New Zealand Superannuation and most beneficiaries.
If you qualify you don't need to apply for the payment - you'll be contacted directly by Work and Income.
What can I use it for?
It's up to you. You can use it to help pay your power bills over the winter months, or you could put it towards something that will improve your home over the longer term. Installing insulation, LED lightbulbs or energy efficient heating will all have benefits for years to come.
How much is it?
The Winter Energy Payment is $20.46 per week if you live on your own or $31.82 a week if you have a partner and/or children.
When is it paid?
This is a seasonal payment and will be paid from 1 July to 30 September in 2018.
Visit Work and Income's Winter Energy Payment page for the latest information.
How much power will the Winter Energy Payment cover?
The picture below shows what one dollar’s worth of power can get you. So just one week’s Winter Energy Payment to a family could pay for running one load in the dishwasher, drying one large load of washing in the drier and cooking a roast dinner every day for the week. And there would still be the money to pay for a 6kw heat pump for four hours every day and watch 40 hours of TV.
Image courtesy of ERANZ
Looking for more energy saving tips?
Download our poster below to find even more easy ways to save on your energy bill.
Visit https://www.energywise.govt.nz/ for more information and advice about keeping your home warm and healthy while keeping your power bill down.