I will upgrade all my lights to LEDs

LED’s use up to 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs, while producing the same amount of light. Most LEDs should last at least 15,000 hours – that’s more than 13 years if used every day for three hours. Whilst energy efficient lights can cost a bit more upfront, the energy savings make up for that many times over and you can also expect them to last much longer.  Over their lifetime you can save $290 for every standard 100W bulb replaced by an LED.  

If all NZ homes had energy efficient LED lighting it could reduce peak electricity demand by 9%.  Advice on what to look for when choosing a lightbulb is available here.

Find out more about your personal impact on the planet and the most impactful actions to reduce it at FutureFit.  

I will upgrade all my lights to LEDs

LED’s use up to 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs, while producing the same amount of light. Most LEDs should last at least 15,000 hours – that’s more than 13 years if used every day for three hours. Whilst energy efficient lights can cost a bit more upfront, the energy savings make up for that many times over and you can also expect them to last much longer.  Over their lifetime you can save $290 for every standard 100W bulb replaced by an LED.  

If all NZ homes had energy efficient LED lighting it could reduce peak electricity demand by 9%.  Advice on what to look for when choosing a lightbulb is available here.

Find out more about your personal impact on the planet and the most impactful actions to reduce it at FutureFit.  

I will heat my home with a heat pump or woodburner

Plug-in electric heaters are OK for small rooms that are not occupied for long periods of time but otherwise can be expensive to run. Unflued gas heaters should be avoided as they produce a lot of moisture and unhealthy gases. Gas heating contributes more to global warming than using electricity.

A heat pump can provide 3 to 4 times more heat per unit of electricity compared to a plug-in heater and is a more efficient way to heat living areas.   Heat pump filters need to be cleaned once or twice a year - watch the video on how to do this.

A clean-burning wood or pellet burner is also a good option, especially if you have a high ceiling and have access to a cheap, sustainable wood supply.  If you have a chimney or flue, have it swept once a year. 

For more help about choosing the most energy efficient heating (and cooling) options for your home see here

Find out more about your personal impact on the planet and the most impactful actions to reduce it at FutureFit.  

I will heat my home with a heat pump or woodburner

Plug-in electric heaters are OK for small rooms that are not occupied for long periods of time but otherwise can be expensive to run. Unflued gas heaters should be avoided as they produce a lot of moisture and unhealthy gases. Gas heating contributes more to global warming than using electricity.

A heat pump can provide 3 to 4 times more heat per unit of electricity compared to a plug-in heater and is a more efficient way to heat living areas.   Heat pump filters need to be cleaned once or twice a year - watch the video on how to do this.

A clean-burning wood or pellet burner is also a good option, especially if you have a high ceiling and have access to a cheap, sustainable wood supply.  If you have a chimney or flue, have it swept once a year. 

For more help about choosing the most energy efficient heating (and cooling) options for your home see here

Find out more about your personal impact on the planet and the most impactful actions to reduce it at FutureFit.  

I will keep heating between 18-21 degrees

The World Health Organisation recommends heating to a minimum of 18 degrees, to reduce chances of getting sick. If you have a heat pump, set it to 21 or 22 degrees. That’s a good balance between keeping warm but not wasting energy.  For every degree higher you set your heat pump, you use 10% more electricity.

A plug-in thermostat can be attached to an existing portable heater and is a good way to ensure children’s bedrooms stay at a healthy temperature overnight.

Find out more about your personal impact on the planet and the most impactful actions to reduce it at FutureFit.  

I will keep heating between 18-21 degrees

The World Health Organisation recommends heating to a minimum of 18 degrees, to reduce chances of getting sick. If you have a heat pump, set it to 21 or 22 degrees. That’s a good balance between keeping warm but not wasting energy.  For every degree higher you set your heat pump, you use 10% more electricity.

A plug-in thermostat can be attached to an existing portable heater and is a good way to ensure children’s bedrooms stay at a healthy temperature overnight.

Find out more about your personal impact on the planet and the most impactful actions to reduce it at FutureFit.  

I will turn off lights and appliances when not in use

It sounds like common sense, but you’d be surprised at how much energy savings this simple action can add up to over the course of a year.  Turn appliances off at the wall when not in use rather than leaving them on standby. Some older appliances may have 15-20 Watts standby power, costing $35-45 per year even when you’re not using them. Use multi-plug power boards to easily turn individual devices off. Use economy mode on appliances and set up power management features on your computer and TV.

Find out more about your personal impact on the planet and the most impactful actions to reduce it at FutureFit

I will turn off lights and appliances when not in use

It sounds like common sense, but you’d be surprised at how much energy savings this simple action can add up to over the course of a year.  Turn appliances off at the wall when not in use rather than leaving them on standby. Some older appliances may have 15-20 Watts standby power, costing $35-45 per year even when you’re not using them. Use multi-plug power boards to easily turn individual devices off. Use economy mode on appliances and set up power management features on your computer and TV.

Find out more about your personal impact on the planet and the most impactful actions to reduce it at FutureFit

I will hang my washing outside one more time every week, instead of using the dryer

There are plenty of benefits of using the sunshine to dry your washing – it’s free, it disinfects clothing naturally, and it’s much easier on your clothes. You’ll also be saving $50 a year by doing this.

Make this pledge and your action could save 27 kg of CO2e per year - that's like burning 11 litres of petrol.

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I will hang my washing outside one more time every week, instead of using the dryer

There are plenty of benefits of using the sunshine to dry your washing – it’s free, it disinfects clothing naturally, and it’s much easier on your clothes. You’ll also be saving $50 a year by doing this.

Make this pledge and your action could save 27 kg of CO2e per year - that's like burning 11 litres of petrol.

Find out more about your personal impact on the planet and the most impactful actions to reduce it at FutureFit.  

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I will I will choose energy efficient appliances at my next upgrade

Next time you need to upgrade an appliance such as your fridge, washing machine, or television, make sure you check the energy or water efficiency of the product to ensure it’ll cost you less to run in the long term. If you’re buying second hand make sure you remember to check, as there can be a difference in efficiency between different models of older appliances.

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I will I will choose energy efficient appliances at my next upgrade

Next time you need to upgrade an appliance such as your fridge, washing machine, or television, make sure you check the energy or water efficiency of the product to ensure it’ll cost you less to run in the long term. If you’re buying second hand make sure you remember to check, as there can be a difference in efficiency between different models of older appliances.

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I will borrow a HEAT kit

The Home Energy Audit Toolkit (HEAT kit) is usually available free of charge from your local library. However, due to Covid-19, we are still working through when these will be available. The kit features tools and information to help you work out where your home uses the most energy, and how to reduce your bills and have a healthier, warmer home. As a bonus, by saving energy in the home you'll also reduce your carbon footprint too.

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I will borrow a HEAT kit

The Home Energy Audit Toolkit (HEAT kit) is usually available free of charge from your local library. However, due to Covid-19, we are still working through when these will be available. The kit features tools and information to help you work out where your home uses the most energy, and how to reduce your bills and have a healthier, warmer home. As a bonus, by saving energy in the home you'll also reduce your carbon footprint too.

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