As many Kiwis will know, heating water can account for a significant chunk of our monthly power bill. In fact, around 30 percent of your bill might be dedicated just to this. But the good news is, there are various ways to slash those costs without sacrificing comfort. So let's dive in and learn how you can get the most out of your hot water without the big bill.
Switch Out Your Shower Head or Install a Flow Restrictor
By simply changing your current shower head to a more efficient one, you can significantly reduce the flow of water without compromising on pressure. And if you're not keen on changing the whole head, installing a shower flow restrictor is another brilliant option. This not only saves on your power bill but also conserves water. It's a double victory for your wallet and our beautiful Aotearoa.
Keep Showers Short with a Fun Twist
Now, this might sound a bit whacky, but why not make shower time a bit of a jam session? Each family member can pick a song, and the goal is to finish your shower by the time the song ends. Not only is this a bit of fun, but it also helps keep those showers down to around three and a half minutes.
Tend to Those Dripping Taps
A dripping hot water tap might seem like a minor annoyance, but over time, it can add up. So make sure you fix those taps as soon as you spot them. Your power bill (and our precious water resources) will thank you.
Cold Wash Your Clothes
When it comes to doing the laundry, switching to a cold water cycle can make a world of difference. Hot water cycles can use up to 10 times more power than their cold counterparts. Your clothes will still come out clean, and you'll have the added benefit of cutting down on your power usage.
Wrap Up Your Cylinder
If you've got a bit of a DIY streak in you, this one's for you. Wrapping your hot water cylinder can help it retain heat more effectively, meaning it won't have to work as hard and use as much energy. Not only will this save you money, but it's also a great weekend project to tackle.
Be Smart When Boiling the Kettle
It's a simple thing, but it makes a difference. Only boil as much water as you need in the kettle. If you're only making a cuppa for yourself, there's no need to fill the kettle to the top. Every little bit of energy saved counts!
Every little change can make a big difference when it comes to saving on hot water heating. By following these simple steps, you can make a noticeable dent in your power bill, all while doing your part for our environment. So why not give it a go and see the savings roll in? Cheers to smarter, more sustainable living!
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