Consumers can avoid power price hikes
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) has responded to reports that electricity retailers say
residential prices are likely to keep rising after a number of increases in recent months by saying that consumers can
avoid paying more for their power by using it more efficiently.
EECA Chief Executive Heather Staley says there are some simple habits New Zealanders could adopt as part of everyday
life that will mean they are better off financially.
"The easiest habit to get into at home is to get rid of the red vampire lights on appliances that suck power when left
on standby. Saving 5% of your power bill is as easy as getting into the habit of turning appliances such as the washing
machine, dryer, stereo, microwave and TV off at the wall when not in use.
"Another easy habit is to simply turn off lights when you leave the room, and when bulbs need to be replaced, purchase
long lasting energy efficient compact fluorescent lightbulbs. Energy efficient lightbulbs have improved significantly
over the last year or so, with the price coming down and the size reducing to that of ordinary lightbulbs.
"The biggest energy consumers in a home are water heating, followed by space heating, appliances then lighting. While
most consumers probably don't even notice their hot water cylinder, it could be responsible for wasting more than 10% of
their power bill. If a hot water cylinder is warm to touch it is wasting power, and money. Putting a wrap on the
cylinder will help prevent the waste," Ms Staley said.
Ms Staley says using energy efficiently doesn't affect comfort or lifestyle but the little things can make a big
difference to how much consumers pay their power company every month.
Ms Staley says EECA is implementing the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy through improving energy
choices. To find out how to save energy at home, at work and on the road visit www.energywise.org.nz