Moving into a new place can be pretty exciting. Moving your energy connections may not be the most entertaining part of moving house, it is still very important. Taking the time to plan moving your electricity supply and your future energy needs could save you hundreds of dollars. Plus, you can then put all that extra money towards buying paint or those throw pillows that you've had your eye on.
To make moving easier we've created our Home Move Hub – a single location where you can arrange the connection of your energy and broadband simply and quickly.
Here are 16 things to think about when you are making a move, some of which could save you energy in your new home.
Find your meter
When you are moving into a new home, locate your new electricity meter. If you've got a an advanced smart meter be sure to download the Genesis Energy mobile app, which will help you track your electricity consumption (even day to day) which could help you find the sources of spikes in use that can cost you. If you've got natural gas on your property it's also important to know where your gas meter is located, so in the event of a gas leak you can turn it off. More information about what to do in the event of a gas leak can be found here.
Check your water heater
The previous renter or owner may have turned the water heater up which will cost you money. Adjust it to your needs and purchase a cover at a hardware store to keep it insulated and working less. It should be at 60 degrees centigrade according to energywise.govt.nz
Invest in new more efficient appliances
Family and friends may have been very generous in the past giving you appliances such as washers and dryers they are no longer using. However, these could be the items costing you the most each month because of age and disrepair. If you can afford it, check out new energy smart appliances, which can be a super smart investment.
Heat your home efficiently
One of the biggest utility expenses in the winter is heating. If you've got a heat pump, make sure that you switch off before you leave for the day, head to bed or as the sun shifts.
Don't leave appliances on standby
Beware of "vampires". This is the term for devices that suck energy while they are idle but still drawing a charge. Turn items that aren't used regularly off at the outlet.
Consider buying new showerhead
Do you leave your shower running while you wait for the water to heat? If your shower has a flow rate of 10 litres or more per minute, then you could be wasting a lot water. (The easiest way to check this is to see how long it takes your shower to fill a 10 litre bucket.) According to Energywise, reducing the flow rate by just 1 litre per minute could save you about $80 per year. The good news is, fitting a new showerhead or flow restrictor could not only reduce your water use but also increase the pressure of the water.
Get your emergency plan sorted
Be a proactive planner to ensure that your electricity, natural gas or LPG is connected when you move in. Save this link containing troubleshooting tips and contact phone numbers in the event of an outage or repair.
Check your outdoor lights are working
You might not otherwise notice a garage light that is constantly on or a porch light drawing power with a broken bulb.
Caulk and seal around window and doors
If you have moved to an old house, it's likely you have single pane windows and old or missing caulk. You can combat air leaks by applying new caulk around window frames, sashes and door panels.
Clean those filters
Moving is a great time to check the filters on your washer, dryer, refrigerator and heat pump. Clean filters = more efficient operation.
Move to energy efficient bulbs
Change your bulbs to energy efficient models that will save energy and money. These will often last longer, too!
Install a clothesline in your new back garden
No back garden? Even a small line in the garage can effectively dry clothes without using the dryer.
Get your fireplace inspected
If you have a fireplace, invest in a good inspection and cleaning before you light a fire. Being able to safely use your fireplace will save you heaps in the winter.
Don't block electricity sockets
Think about where you are placing your heaviest furniture before you move in. Don't block power sockets so that you cannot turn them off at the wall.
Think about getting an electrician to add more electricity sockets
If you haven't got as many power sockets as you had in your old house, think about getting some more put in. In the meantime, be careful when using a power board or multi plugs. They can be unsafe if overloaded in your effort to give everything an energy source.
Packing is a great way to get rid of the energy eating items that you may not want or need. You can always donate these items to worthy causes.
Hopefully, you have got some helpful tips from this list that will save you money when you are shifting your energy supply to your new home.
So, what do you think? Do you have any more ideas for people moving to a new home? Leave your comments below.