Things you can do
There are lots of things you can do that can help reduce your energy usage, without spending a dollar.
Things you can fix
Many of us have little jobs around the home we just never get around to doing but fixing some of these common problems can lead to energy savings.
How much power do your appliances really use?
Now you can find out with a Trustpower Energy Watch Monitor.
It lets you see, in real time, how much power an appliance is using and what it’s costing you to run.
If you'd like to borrow an Energy Watch Monitor for up to three weeks, you can do so for just the cost of the courier ($5.00).
Simply click here.
Things you can improve
These home improvements do take time and money but will make a big difference to the energy efficiency of your home.
The Winter Energy Payment
Paying for power to keep warm over winter can be a challenge for some people.
That's why the New Zealand Government has introduced the Winter Energy Payment for people who receive New Zealand Superannuation and most beneficiaries.
If you qualify you don't need to apply for the payment - you'll get the Winter Energy Payment automatically with other regular payments from Work and Income.
What can I use it for?
It's up to you. You can use it to help pay your power bills over the winter months, or you could put it towards something that will improve your home over the longer term. Installing insulation, LED lightbulbs or energy efficient heating will all have benefits for years to come.
How much is it?
In 2021, the Winter Energy Payment will be $20.46 per week if you live on your own or $31.82 a week for a couple or people with dependent children.
When is it paid?
This is a seasonal payment and will be paid from 1 May to 1 October in 2021.
Visit Work and Income's Winter Energy Payment page for the latest information.
Other sources of help
If you want to assess if your home is warm, safe and dry, HomeFit is an easy online way for homeowners, renters and landlords to check. The HomeFit tool, developed by the New Zealand Green Building Council, will give you a straightforward guide as the best ways to improve your home. You can check out the HomeFit website for more information.
Warmer Kiwi Homes
Warmer Kiwi Homes is a Government programme offering grants covering 90% of the cost of an efficient wood burner, pellet burner or heat pump (capped at $3,000 including GST), as well as ceiling and floor insulation. You can find out if you are eligible by clicking here.
Looking for more energy saving tips?
Download our poster below to find even more easy ways to save on your energy bill.