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9 Ways to Reduce your Power Bill this Summer!

As Kiwis, we all know that summer in Aotearoa can be a mixed bag of stunning beach days and sweltering afternoons. But did you know that you can use these sunny months to significantly slash your power bills? Here's how to make the most out of the Kiwi summer to keep your power costs down.

Maximise Natural Light and Heat

The long summer days are a blessing for reducing electricity usage. Open up those curtains and let the sunshine in! Not only does natural light brighten up your home, but it also naturally heats it, reducing the need for artificial lighting and heating.

Smart Use of Appliances

Summer is the perfect time to rethink how you use your appliances. Hang your washing out to dry instead of using the dryer. It's not just about saving power; there's nothing quite like the smell of sun-dried clothes! Also, consider cooking outside on the barbie more often to keep your kitchen cool and reduce the need for the oven or stove.

Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Bulbs

If you haven't already, switch to LED bulbs. They use far less energy and last longer. This simple change can cut down your energy consumption significantly.

Utilise Ceiling Fans

Fans are a great way to circulate air and keep a room cool without the high energy cost of air conditioning. A gentle breeze from a fan can make a huge difference on a hot day.

Seal Up Draughts

Though more of a winter tip, ensuring your home is draught-free can also help in summer. Keeping the hot air out and the cool air in means less work for any cooling systems you might use.

Invest in Outdoor Living

Embrace outdoor living. The longer evenings are perfect for spending time on the deck or in the garden. This not only reduces the time spent using indoor lights and electronics but also enhances your summer experience.

Be Mindful of Peak Hours

Power can be more expensive during peak hours. Use high-energy appliances like washing machines and dishwashers during off-peak times to save on your power bill.

Monitor Your Energy Usage

Keep an eye on your energy consumption. Many power companies provide apps that allow you to monitor your usage. This can help you identify and reduce unnecessary power usage.

Solar Solutions

Consider investing in solar panels. They can be a significant upfront cost, but they'll save you money in the long run, and there’s no better time to harness solar energy than during the sunny summer months.

By implementing these tips, you can enjoy a fabulous New Zealand summer while keeping your power bills in check. It’s all about being smart with your energy usage and making the most of what our beautiful summers have to offer. Happy savings, and enjoy the sunshine! 🌞

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