1. New Zealand’s Regional Fuel Tax is now operational, meaning Aucklanders will now be paying a maximum rate of 10 cents per litre for petrol and diesel, for a maximum of 10 years. With this in mind, now is the time to use your car less by finding out whether you can get where you need to go using sustainable travel such as public transport, walking, cycling and carpooling. It can save you money, time, emissions and can be a great way to incorporate exercise into your day.

  2. If you do need to drive, ensuring you are driving smoothly and have the right motor oil and tyre pressure will improve your fuel efficiency and save you a surprising amount of money - up to $500 a year.

  3. Next time you upgrade an appliance check the energy or water efficiency of the product to make sure it costs you less to run in the long term. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (ECCA) have introduced a new tool to help you avoid purchasing power hungry appliances. The Rightware tool filters and compares products to help you find a model that fits your home’s requirements.

  4. Do you find you're throwing out fruit and veggies at the end of the week? Planning your dinners and using a shopping list is a great way to save money on groceries by only buying what you need, plus it saves you having to think up meals while you’re at the supermarket!

  5. More and more New Zealand designers are offering repairs services on garments. By repairing, reusing or purchasing second hand items instead of buying new is an easy way to same some serious money, plus reduce the amount of waste you produce.