Moving home is a great time to consider your energy usage. Maybe it's time to go solar or you're considering a smart home? No matter what your energy requirements are, now's a good time to future proof your home. Here are some easy ways to make your new home more energy efficient.
Invest in energy-efficient appliances
Moving is a great time to upgrade old appliances. It's particularly important to consider getting rid of fridges and freezers that are over 10 years old. They are probably costing you a lot in power to run.
Appliances with the most energy stars are the most efficient to run. When purchasing a new appliance look for the energy-rating sticker. It tells you how many kilowatts each appliance will cost you per year to run.
Switch to energy efficient light bulbs
Kit out your new home in energy efficient light bulbs. Replacing old-style bulbs could save up to $100 a year on your total power bill.
Use a flow restrictor on your shower
Watercare suggests that flow restrictors can save up to 100,000 litres of water a year. They don't lower the water pressure and are relatively inexpensive (around $30 - $40).
Get a heat pump and use it wisely
Heat pumps are one of the most energy efficient electrical heating options. If your new house doesn't have a heat pump, think about investing in one. Using a heat pump instead of an equivalent electric heater in your living space could save you around $500 a year.
If your new home already has a heat pump, give it a good clean. We take you through how to clean your heat pump here.
Turn off appliances at the wall
Turning off appliances that use stand by power such as TVs, stereos and computers when you're not using them can save up to $100 per year.
Cut down on your heated towel rail
Cutting your usage to four hours a day rather than on all the time could save you up to $130 a year.
What about solar panels?
Solar panels can be a cost-effective option for people who use the bulk of their energy in the daytime, for example if you work from home. Read our blog post on the pros and cons of solar and to see whether you're able to get it.
What about a smart home?
If you're interested in setting up your new home up as a smart home we give you the low down on the internet of things in Smart Homes – the future looks bright in New Zealand.
Learn to read your own meter
Reading your own power meter keeps you in charge of your own electricity usage and can help you manage your energy spend.
If you have a smart meter, you are only billed for the exact amount of electricity you use each month because it eliminates ‘estimate' bills. This means there's less chance of a surprise in your monthly bill. Learn how to read your own meter here.
Keep track of your usage with the Genesis Energy Mobile App
If you have a smart meter it's simple to keep track of your usage. Simply download the Genesis Energy Mobile App on your smartphone and log in. You can check usage, pricing, pay your energy bills or order LPG. If you have a smart meter, the App allows you to track how much electricity you use daily and monthly, which can help manage your energy spend.