Your products and appliances
Appliances use about a third of the average home's electricity bill. This amount is growing as we continue to buy more appliances, and use them for more hours every day. There are things you can do to reduce this electricity use and it's cost to your household.
Appliances in our homes include:
- Fridges and freezers
- Home entertainment - TVs, DVD players, stereo systems, gaming consoles
- Home office equipment - computers, printers and faxes
- Cooking equipment
- Washing machines and tumble dryers.
When it's time to replace your old appliances choosing more efficient models is a good way to save on your appliance electricity bill. You can also save money by using your appliances sensibly and switching them off when you aren't using them.
In this section we provide you with information on:
- Calculating running costs
- Smart use of appliances
- Home entertainment
- Computer and office equipment
- Water heating
Standards and ratings
Many products sold in New Zealand are required to carry labels that state how much electricity they use on an annual basis. This is important to know because there are two "price tags" that come with any appliance: the upfront price and the ongoing running costs.
When choosing your next appliance, you can save money on the ongoing running costs by looking at: