• Tips and tricks
  • 7 Mar 2022
  • 2 min read

20 simple energy saving habits

Looking for simple ways to help reduce your energy use and lower your power bill?

We’ve put together a few habits that will help you start saving energy straight away. A few small changes can make a big difference over time. If you’re a Genesis customer, you can also use Energy IQ to help monitor and manage your energy use.   

Grandma and granddaughter on phone
Grandma and granddaughter on phone

Energy saving habits around your home

  • Switch off lights in rooms you aren’t using or won’t be in for a while
  • Shut the curtains before the sun sets to keep the warmth in
  • Avoid running a second fridge all the time unless you really need to
  • Unplug devices that are charging (phones, laptops etc.) once the battery is full
  • Turn your hot water cylinder down – NOTE: The Ministry of Health recommend 60 degrees Celsius or higher to prevent the growth of Legionella bacteria
  • Close doors of the rooms that you don’t need to heat or cool

Energy saving habits in the kitchen

  • Turn appliances off at the wall if you’re not using them
  • Run your dishwasher when it’s completely full using the economy wash setting Only fill your kettle up with the water you need to boil
  • Use a microwave to heat food as it can be more efficient than an oven
  • Don’t spend more time pre-heating your oven than you need to
  • Cover your pots and pans with lids when heating food or liquids
  • Regularly defrost your fridges and freezers so they run more efficiently
  • Regularly clean the grille behind your fridges and freezers
Woman in laundry
Woman in laundry

Energy saving habits in the laundry

  • Only run your washing machine when you have a full load
  • Use a cold-water wash whenever you can
  • Air dry laundry when you can instead of using a dryer

Energy saving habits in the bathroom

  • Choose showers over baths as they’re usually more energy efficient
  • Cut down your shower time - use a timer so you don’t lose track of time
  • Fix any leaking taps as soon as they start leaking

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