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 $350 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 shower head yourself - in most cases you don’t need a plumber.

Make this pledge and your action could save 115 kg of CO2e  per year - the equivalent embodied emissions from 490 large cappuccinos.

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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 $350 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 shower head yourself - in most cases you don’t need a plumber.

Make this pledge and your action could save 115 kg of CO2e  per year - the equivalent embodied emissions from 490 large cappuccinos.

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I will get an electrician to turn down my hot water system to 55 degrees if it is too hot

If the hot water coming out of your taps is super-hot, it’s probably above 55 degrees! It doesn’t need to be. Save $25 or more on your power bill, and make your taps safer, by getting an electrician to turn down your hot water system.

Make this pledge and your action could save 12 kg of CO2e emissions per year - that's like driving from Papakura to Torbay in a medium size petrol car.

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I will get an electrician to turn down my hot water system to 55 degrees if it is too hot

If the hot water coming out of your taps is super-hot, it’s probably above 55 degrees! It doesn’t need to be. Save $25 or more on your power bill, and make your taps safer, by getting an electrician to turn down your hot water system.

Make this pledge and your action could save 12 kg of CO2e emissions per year - that's like driving from Papakura to Torbay in a medium size petrol car.

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I will keep my showers to four minutes

To make this really easy, buy a suction shower timer (they’re cheaply available at hardware stores), and in no time it’ll become a habit.

Make this pledge and your action could save 138 kg of CO2e emissions per year - that's like burning 68 kg of coal.

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I will keep my showers to four minutes

To make this really easy, buy a suction shower timer (they’re cheaply available at hardware stores), and in no time it’ll become a habit.

Make this pledge and your action could save 138 kg of CO2e emissions per year - that's like burning 68 kg of coal.

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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.

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.

 

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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.

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.

 

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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 40 kg of CO2e per year - the equivalent embodied emissions from the production of 500 bananas.

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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 40 kg of CO2e per year - the equivalent embodied emissions from the production of 500 bananas.

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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.

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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.

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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 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 hire a HEAT kit

The Home Energy Audit Toolkit (HEAT kit) is available free of charge from your local library. 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 hire a HEAT kit

The Home Energy Audit Toolkit (HEAT kit) is available free of charge from your local library. 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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