I will install a water efficient showerhead

Most hardware and DIY stores stock water efficient showerheads, which don’t reduce pressure or the shower experience, they just save you water (and the energy used to heat the water). In fact, you can save over $380* each year by changing your showerhead. If you’re not sure whether you’ve got a water efficient showerhead or not, it’s easy to check your flow rate and even install a low-flow washer or a 3-star rated showerhead yourself - in most cases you don’t need a plumber.

Make this pledge and your action could save 123 kg of CO2e  per person per year - the equivalent embodied emissions from 524 large cappuccinos. 

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

*Saving of $380 each year based on electricity costs and water costs for an average 3 person house with each person having one shower per day, shower flow rate of 12L/min reducing to 9L/min (by installing a 3-star efficient shower head), 10 minute shower time and heating water with electricity costing 28c/kWh and water costing $3.43/1000L. 

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I will install a water efficient showerhead

Most hardware and DIY stores stock water efficient showerheads, which don’t reduce pressure or the shower experience, they just save you water (and the energy used to heat the water). In fact, you can save over $380* each year by changing your showerhead. If you’re not sure whether you’ve got a water efficient showerhead or not, it’s easy to check your flow rate and even install a low-flow washer or a 3-star rated showerhead yourself - in most cases you don’t need a plumber.

Make this pledge and your action could save 123 kg of CO2e  per person per year - the equivalent embodied emissions from 524 large cappuccinos. 

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

*Saving of $380 each year based on electricity costs and water costs for an average 3 person house with each person having one shower per day, shower flow rate of 12L/min reducing to 9L/min (by installing a 3-star efficient shower head), 10 minute shower time and heating water with electricity costing 28c/kWh and water costing $3.43/1000L. 

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I will get an electrician to turn down my hot water system to 60 degrees if it is too hot

If the hot water coming out of your taps is super-hot, the thermostat on your hot water cylinder needs checkingSave $25 or more on your power bill, and make your taps safer, by getting an electrician to check that the thermostat is set to 60°C .  If it's 10°C warmer it could be costing you $25 a year with a modern cylinder, or twice that with an older one.  Any lower than 60°C risks the growth of legionella bacteria. 

Make this pledge and your action could save 20 kg of CO2e emissions per year - that's like driving return from Manurewa to Torbay in a medium size petrol car.

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 get an electrician to turn down my hot water system to 60 degrees if it is too hot

If the hot water coming out of your taps is super-hot, the thermostat on your hot water cylinder needs checkingSave $25 or more on your power bill, and make your taps safer, by getting an electrician to check that the thermostat is set to 60°C .  If it's 10°C warmer it could be costing you $25 a year with a modern cylinder, or twice that with an older one.  Any lower than 60°C risks the growth of legionella bacteria. 

Make this pledge and your action could save 20 kg of CO2e emissions per year - that's like driving return from Manurewa to Torbay in a medium size petrol car.

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 keep my showers to four minutes

To make this really easy, set a timer on your phone or play your favourite song while showering to help you keep track of time. 

The average three person Auckland household could save $915/year* by reducing shower times from 10 minutes to 4 minutes. 

Make this pledge and your action could save 99 kg of CO2e emissions per person per year - that's like burning 46 kg of coal.

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

*$915/year saving based on electricity costs and water costs, shower flow rate of 12L/min, 3 people in house, each having one shower per day, heating water with electricity costing 28c/kWh and water costing $3.43/1000L.  

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I will keep my showers to four minutes

To make this really easy, set a timer on your phone or play your favourite song while showering to help you keep track of time. 

The average three person Auckland household could save $915/year* by reducing shower times from 10 minutes to 4 minutes. 

Make this pledge and your action could save 99 kg of CO2e emissions per person per year - that's like burning 46 kg of coal.

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

*$915/year saving based on electricity costs and water costs, shower flow rate of 12L/min, 3 people in house, each having one shower per day, heating water with electricity costing 28c/kWh and water costing $3.43/1000L.  

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I will install insulating wraps on my hot water cylinder and pipes

If you have an older hot water cylinder, it may not be insulated. A really easy way to save energy, and more than $50 a year, is to wrap it and the pipes – either with a cylinder wrap, or just with some old blankets. You can also reduce home heat loss by draught stopping, window film, hot water cylindar wraps & lagging, shown in this how-to video. 

Make this pledge and your action could save 31 kg of CO2e emissions per year - that's like running 12 compact florescent light bulbs non stop for 45 days.

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 install insulating wraps on my hot water cylinder and pipes

If you have an older hot water cylinder, it may not be insulated. A really easy way to save energy, and more than $50 a year, is to wrap it and the pipes – either with a cylinder wrap, or just with some old blankets. You can also reduce home heat loss by draught stopping, window film, hot water cylindar wraps & lagging, shown in this how-to video. 

Make this pledge and your action could save 31 kg of CO2e emissions per year - that's like running 12 compact florescent light bulbs non stop for 45 days.

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 install a solar hot water system or hot water heat pump

If you’re up for a bit more commitment and are in a sunny spot, installing a solar hot water system is a great way to save over $500 each year. Another great, sometimes more cost effective option, is installing a hot water heat pump.

Use EECA’s water heating systems tool to calculate the cost savings your household could get from taking this action.

Make this pledge and your action could save 240 kg of CO2e emissions per year - that's like running the gas BBQ for 65 hours.

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 install a solar hot water system or hot water heat pump

If you’re up for a bit more commitment and are in a sunny spot, installing a solar hot water system is a great way to save over $500 each year. Another great, sometimes more cost effective option, is installing a hot water heat pump.

Use EECA’s water heating systems tool to calculate the cost savings your household could get from taking this action.

Make this pledge and your action could save 240 kg of CO2e emissions per year - that's like running the gas BBQ for 65 hours.

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 wash my clothes in cold water

This is a really easy way to save money on your energy bill. Whenever you put the wash on, make sure it’s set to cold, and save $80 or more every year on power. Washing on cold will keep clothes just as clean as a warm wash, and they’ll last longer as well.

Make this pledge and your action could save 37 kg of CO2e per year - the equivalent embodied emissions from the production of 460 bananas.

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 wash my clothes in cold water

This is a really easy way to save money on your energy bill. Whenever you put the wash on, make sure it’s set to cold, and save $80 or more every year on power. Washing on cold will keep clothes just as clean as a warm wash, and they’ll last longer as well.

Make this pledge and your action could save 37 kg of CO2e per year - the equivalent embodied emissions from the production of 460 bananas.

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

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