Don’t let your power bill get out of hand this winter
Best way to stay comfortable this winter? Not letting the power bill get out of hand. With multiple electricity retailers operating in the New Zealand market and plenty of new technology, the good news is that you can get the best of both worlds and keep warm without the big cost blowout.
Join New Zealand’s Big Winter Switch and let the collective voice of thousands of households bring you a brand new electricity deal – then, double down with some tech-driven efficiency to use no more than you must.
Tip 1: Get in on New Zealand’s Big Winter Switch
So, what is New Zealand’s Big Winter Switch then? It’s a campaign to mobilise consumer power being run by utilities brokerage Saveawatt, partnered with Stuff. We’re bringing together the collective bargaining power of Kiwi households to drive down the price of electricity – register here.
Tip 2: Consider an energy saving bank
This is definitely not one of your regular power saving tips because it will require a substantial cash outlay. But there has been a lot of excitement over power saving banks – essentially, big batteries which let you buy electricity when it is cheap (in the middle of the night), store it and use it as required. Or hook up your solar panels and store fresh energy from the sun. Tesla’s Powerwall is the most recognised solution and it is available locally.
Become smarter with your power consumption – intelligent LED lights and smart power strips can help conserve power.
Tip 3: Get even smarter
In days gone by, being energy-efficient took real physical and mental effort. You had to do stuff and, even harder, you had to remember to do stuff. Like switching things on and off, or pulling the walls apart and sticking Pink Batts in there. These days, you have a lot of other automated power saving technology, like smart thermostats, intelligent LED lighting and now also smart power strips. These clever things sense when appliances and gadgets plugged into them are being used or idle and automatically shut down the supply so you don’t have to.
Tip 4: Get an Energy Management System
This is another amazing, but not necessarily cheap, way to save on the power bill. An Energy Management System lets you control your entire property remotely with your smartphone. Think you left the heat pump on? No problem, check your handset. Control the whole lot: lights, heating, appliances and security system. Find out more here.
While we admit our power saving tips range from the simple and ‘no cost’ to the fanciful and expensive, if you feel you’re paying too much for electricity, register for New Zealand’s Big Winter Switch at nzswitch.co.nz because, together, we can take control.
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