Top tips for saving power

1. Appliances - Not using it? Switch it off at the wall. If the wall switch is on, you’re still using a bit of power.

2. Lighting - LED lights are slightly more expensive to buy, but they last 10 to 20 years – and use far less electricity.

3. Hot water - Make sure your hot water cylinder is the right temperature. Too high and it’ll cost you more to heat, too low and bacteria may breed. We recommend a temperature of 60 degrees Celsius or higher to prevent the growth of Legionella bacteria

4. Washing Machines - Put your washing on a cold setting. It cleans just as well, and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) says it saves up to 10 times the power.

5. Timers and sensors - Timers and sensors are a cheap and cheerful way of turning off things that aren’t being used.

Group your appliances (for example the TV, gaming console and decoder), with one timer. It’ll sense when the primary load, such as the television, is switched off – and turn off all the rest. Clever, and cheaper.

6. Heating - Good insulation and efficient heating make it easier and cheaper to heat your home to healthy and comfortable temperatures.

If you’d like to discuss some of these tips further and hear about how we can help you save money get in touch with Blackout Electric today.  Phone: 022 500 5856, Email: info@blackoutelectric.co.nz.