Look at some simple ways to curb your energy use - and save money, improve your health and increase the comfort and value of your home. It will also help you to live more lightly on the planet!

In New Zealand, our collective electricity demand is growing by 2% per year. We could save about 20% by using less, or using it more efficiently. This challenge is a win-win-win: find out how your household can reduce your carbon footprint, save money and live in a warmer, healthier home!

Use less and waste less!

Using less hot water will save money immediately and Switching to energy efficient light bulbs can cost very little and will save energy from Day 1!

Use less power by drying clothes outside whenever possible instead of in the dryer, and switch off anything you can when not in use. Installing insulation can cost a fair bit but will pay off in the long term, and your home will be more comfortable straight away!

Actions

Points

Keep Cool: I will use cold water for all clothes washes and hang them outside to dry (first steps)

1 point per wash and dry

Switch Off: I will turn off all lights and appliances when not in use (first steps)

1 point per day

Smart Lights: I will replace all my incandescent lightbulbs with LED bulbs (next steps)

3 points per light bulb

Get Efficient with Energy: I will loan a HEAT kit from my library to assess the energy efficiency of my home to make improvements (stretch)

5 points per day

Go further: I will get a quote or talk to my landlord about either insulating my ceiling, underfloor or wall; or to get solar panels for my roof (stretch)

5 points per quote

Fun facts

Using timers and thermostats on heaters can save you more than $100 on your power bill each year!

Switch to LED lights from standard bulbs and save $15-30 per lightbulb!

New Zealand ranks 19th in the world for greenhouse gas emissions per person, with each one of us responsible for an average of 17.7 tonnes of CO2-equivalent emissions in 2012. In the Paris Agreement 2015 the world leaders committed on behalf of all of us to reduce emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.

Over Auckland 12,500 streetlights have been replaced with LEDs (which use less energy), and this will go up to 45,000 in a couple of years.

Average household spending on energy in Auckland is around 17 per cent of household income.