9 Bad Energy Habits That May Be Costing You Money

You receive your monthly power bill and your heart drops. How could it be higher than last month? Many homeowners fear a high bill but fail to understand that much of the extra energy footed on their power is as a result of small bad habits.

Here is list of several bad energy consumption habits that may be keeping your electricity bills running up.

1.  Using air conditioning and heating systems like it’s your last day on earth.
Heating and air conditioning systems account for a huge chunk of energy usage in our homes. Leaving the systems running while there is nobody at home could result in a lot of wasted energy. Making small changes like shutting down the systems while you are not at home or buying a smart programmable thermostat to time it just before you get home can save you big bucks!

2.  Using old or outdated electric appliances.
If you are living in an old home, you might want to consider changing its wiring systems and appliances. Old appliances like a dryer or dishwasher may be lacking energy usage efficiency. They could be a silent sucker of electricity in your home.

3. Drying clothes on racks inside.
This adds lots of moisture to the air making it harder to heat your home. Try placing the rack in a garage or carport, rather than the living room.

4. Using power during peak times.
Running your washing machine or dishwasher at peak times can cost the system a lot more (as demand is higher). With our app, PowerPal, you’ll know when these bad times are (and when to avoid them). Simply delay your power use away from these times and you’ll be rewarded with a bill rebate.

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5.  Leaving everything plugged in the whole day.
If electronics are plugged in, they count on the total energy consumed. The amount may seem negligible but it does count if you have developed the habit of leaving everything plugged in. Unplugging electrical appliances when you’re not using them can save you a lot. You could also install a timer on appliances like your heated towel rail. To dry your towels, this only needs around 8 hours a day rather than 24.

6.  Leaving the lights on.
Typically, this is the most common energy wasteful behaviour. Remember lighting make up a decent amount of your bill, so if the light is not in use it is always good that they are turned off.

7. Almost empty wash loads.
Run the dishwasher or washing machine only when there is a full load. Putting a wash on for a few socks and a couple of t-shirts is an absolute waste of money. Only use it when you need to. Use a detergent designed for cold water and you'll find washing your clothes in cold does the job just as well.

8. Inadequate insulation.

A significant amount of heat can be lost through the smallest of gaps under doors and around windows. Make sure curtains are generous enough to cover the entire window area and cover the gaps under doors with a rolled-up towel or draught stopper. Check doors and windows for draughts (adhesive draught stopping tape is easy to apply) and pull your curtains at dusk so any warmth from the sun stays in.

9. Boiling unnecessary amounts of water.
Are you boiling enough water to make a pot for 10, when you only need to fill a single cup? Use your kettle's measuring guide and only fill it to the level you need. Although a kettle is perceived to be a small appliance compared to say a washing machine, it still uses a lot of energy!

Make The Most Of The Mix - Access More Renewable Power

New Zealand, don’t be fooled by marketing gimmicks... the power you receive in your home is not 100% renewable.

You see, no matter what power company you’re with, it’s all sourced from a giant ‘mixing pot’. The good news is this mix is mostly renewable - around 80% - but not all of it.

In fact, the ‘dirtiness’ of this mix can change quite substantially throughout the day, based on what sources are available at the time. If it’s dry, the wind isn’t blowing or demand is very high, more non-renewable fuel must be burned.

This directly impacts the carbon emissions and harm on our environment from your personal footprint (as well as how quickly the country invests in more renewables).

So if you’re looking to reduce your environmental impact, surely you would try to use power at these “clean” times, right?

But how? How could you possibly know when the mix of power is clean and when it is dirty?

With P2 Power, you’ll know the difference. Our intelligent PowerPal app tells you the best (and worst) times to use power. Not to mention, you’ll also be rewarded for using power during those times.

Acting on PowerPal’s suggestions can have a huge impact on your personal carbon footprint, and also your bill. Renewable energy is generally cheaper to produce than coal and diesel. Simply shift your power usage away from the bad times and and we’ll pass savings back to you.

Our customers love this combination of price consistency and the opportunity to save. Earn rewards when you're responsible with energy, all without the risk of high peak prices. You can get rebates on your bill or credit to donate to one of our supported charities. Nice!

But changing when you use power is a lot of effort right?

Not necessarily... you only need to make small changes. This could be as simple as delaying your dishwasher until you go to bed. In the PowerPal app we also provide expert suggestions so you can make the most of these “good” times.

Whether you want to use greener, local or simply cheaper power, PowerPal allows you to make a real positive difference.

Take Control Of Your Bill With PowerPal - No Risk, Only Rewards

For many of us, bill day can create an electricity-induced anxiety. We begin to worry that any extra heating and lighting we need will leave us a bit short.

A recent survey by Credit Simple revealed this unfortunate reality of “cold denial” amongst Kiwis. The fear that our bill will skyrocket keeping us from using power in winter is real.

This is far from ideal… who wants to live in a cold, unhealthy and dark home?!

That’s why at P2 Power we want to help you reduce your power bill, but we’re doing it in a unique way.

Simply put, you don’t necessarily have to cut your power usage if you focus on the time of day you use power.

The wholesale price of power and in some cases cost of lines charges, changes throughout the day. With our innovative PowerPal app, you’ll be notified of the times when the price is likely to be lower. You’ll have price consistency with a fixed price per unit, but if you use power during cheaper times we’ll pass savings back to you. All of this is without the unexpected peak prices. No risk, only rewards.

The extra good news? Renewable power is generally more affordable than dirtier coal or diesel sources so this cheaper power is usually also greener power !

With P2, you’ll have control to know when your bill is impacted with the added benefit of feeling good about your environmental impact - it’s a win-win.

7 (and a bit) Ways To Reduce Your Power Bill That You Might Not Have Thought Of...

Let’s face it, you’ve probably seen a million articles telling you how to reduce your power bill.

“Use the sun to heat your house.”

“Insulate your roof or ceiling.”

“Unplug appliances when not in use.”

They’re all completely valid techniques that will work, but do you ever get the feeling there are more things you could do?

Well, you’re right… here are a few small things you might not have considered when trying to cut your power costs.


1. Thaw frozen food in the fridge.

Looking to defrost that meat you got out of the freezer for tonight’s dinner? Don’t put it on the kitchen counter just yet…
  
Frozen items will still thaw effectively in the fridge. Plus, as they defrost there’s the added bonus that they’ll keep things cool in the fridge. Your fridge won’t have to work as hard, saving you a bit of cash.


2. Don’t place hot foods in a fridge.

On the other hand, you’ll want to make sure to allow hot foods to cool to room temperature before putting them in the fridge.

You’ll waste power if you rely on your fridge to work harder to cool it down.


3. Skip the dry cycle on your dishwasher.

Once your dishwasher has completed cleaning, it’s much cheaper to dry the load by simply turning the appliance off and opening the door.

The dishes will still dry effectively in the air and will save you power.


4. Use the cold setting on your washing machine

Detergents these days can be just as effective in cold water as they are in hot water.

Not to mention, you’ll save a lot on hot water heating… washing in hot water can use up to ten times more energy than cold! Plus warm water has a tendency to shrink your clothes so you’ll avoid this risk too.


5. Use the oven heat to warm up your house.

After using your oven in the winter, leave the oven door open slightly to let the warm air escape and heat up your home a bit more.


6. Meal prep.

Cooking multiple days meals at once means you’ll use the oven less. Plus, keeping the fridge and freezer full actually uses less energy.

This little effort of organisation will save you precious time throughout the week and power too.
 

7. Use power at different times of the day.

You don’t necessarily have to cut your power usage if you focus on the time of day you use power. With P2’s free PowerPal app, you’ll be notified of the times when the market price is likely to be lower.

You’ll have price consistency with a fixed price, but if you follow the suggestions, we’ll pass savings back to you. All of this is without the unexpected peak prices.

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And finally, a few more (slightly unusual) ones from momentumenergy in Australia…

"I use my cat as a hot water bottle rather than boil water. She emits plenty of heat and enjoys the attention.”

“I generate organic energy. When I’m cold, I do twenty five push ups and sit ups. It’s green, and it keeps me lean.”

“Use night vision goggles so I don't have to turn on the lights at night."

11 Small Ways To Be Eco-Friendly Without Breaking The Bank

One look at the price tag of organic foods is enough to discourage some people from becoming eco-friendly. So, is it really possible to “go-green” without it costing you more? The simple answer is yes, and here are a few small changes you can make to reduce your environmental impact, without breaking the bank.


1. Grow your own
Nothing screams “eco-friendly” more than having your own kitchen garden to grow your own vegetables. The best part about this is that it saves you a lot of money since you won’t have to buy the overpriced cucumbers or eggplants from the supermarket again.

Moreover, growing your own food ensures you get high-quality nutrients as opposed to other options where the food is over-processed or laced with preservatives. Another plus side to this is that you don’t need a farm to start a kitchen garden, instead, make use of any available space that you have, such as your back porch.


2. Walk or cycle
We all know the various harmful effects that exhaust fumes from cars can have on the environment. Therefore, whenever possible, try to walk or cycle to your destination. Besides being good exercise, it will save you some money. In fact, it is one of the easiest ways to be eco-friendly without breaking the bank.
 

3. Think about solar
Local people in your community are generating cheap, renewable power on their roofs and in their backyards. They often produce too much power to use themselves. With P2, a portion of your power will come from people in your neighbourhood exporting their excess solar energy.

This makes cleaner, more affordable solar power a viable option, even if you do not currently have solar panels or can’t afford the expense of installing solar apparatus. The same lines and the same plugs in the wall, just a cleaner, more resilient energy source.

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4. Unplug or power off your appliances
Saving electricity does not end with just switching off power. Leaving your appliances plugged in has been proven to still consume a lot of electricity. Therefore, if you are looking for a simple way to be eco-friendly, start by unplugging all your appliances when you are not using them, especially when leaving the house.


5. Switch your bulbs
This is also another easy way to save up on your electricity bills. Simply switch your bulbs to LED bulbs. They have been proven to use up to 75% less energy. They also last up to 25% much longer!


6. Use power at greener times
Although New Zealand’s electricity is mostly renewable, the ‘dirtiness’ of this mix can change quite substantially throughout the day, based on what sources are available at the time. If it’s dry, the wind isn’t blowing or demand is very high, more non-renewable fuel must be burned.This directly impacts the carbon emissions and harm on our environment from your personal footprint (as well as how quickly the country invests in more renewables). With P2 Power, you’ll know when this matters.

Our intelligent PowerPal app tells you the best (and worst) times to use power. Not to mention, you’ll also be rewarded for using power during those times. Acting on PowerPal’s suggestions can have a huge impact on your personal carbon footprint, and also your bill. Renewable energy is generally cheaper to produce than coal and diesel. Simply shift your power usage away from the bad times and and we’ll pass savings back to you.

Learn more


7. Air dry your clothes
Your dryer can be the reason why your electricity bills are on an all-time high. Switch to hanging out your clothes to dry in the sun and be amazed by the difference this small change can make.


8. Shop at farmer’s markets
If you are not in a position to grow your own vegetables at home, then it is better to get your supplies from farmer’s market. This is because vegetables and other food supplies are a bit cheaper as compared to the other options.

Not to mention, buying local reduces the amount of greenhouse gas created when products are trucked (or even flown) in from other regions.


9. Cut down on meat
You don’t have to become completely vegetarian. Going meat-free for one or two days a week can reduce the environmental impact dramatically. Research shows it can take up to 100,000 liters of water to produce 1 kilogram of beef. That’s a huge difference compared to wheat, which takes around 750 litres per kilogram.


10. Opt for reusable bottles
Did you know that it takes around three times the amount of water in a plastic bottle just to make it? Not to mention, the large majority are not recycled. This is incredibly wasteful and contributes to pollution on a grand scale. By using a reusable water bottle and committing to using it, you’ll be helping the environment.


11. Invest in a reusable shopping bag
In your quest to become eco-friendly and increase your savings, plastic should be your biggest enemy. Opting for a reusable shopping bag is a worthwhile investment for you. Keep them in your car so you don’t forget to bring them. Also, always try to use other options such as glass or stainless steel wherever possible.

Final words
It couldn’t be easier to start making a difference. By making small changes, you’ll be well on your way in saving money and making this planet a better place for our communities and generations to come.