If you’ve landed on the Ecotricity website, you have an interest in ways you can make your energy consumption more ethical by making conscious and informed choices.
We don’t just advocate choosing ethical and clean energy sources – we also believe Kiwis will benefit lowering energy consumption. Here are five reasons that reducing the amount of energy you use will have a positive impact on your daily life:
1. You save money
This is the biggie. We have a user-pays system for our National grid – the more you use, the more you pay. This is especially true if you currently use a standard electricity provider.
Even when switching to clean energy generation, you can find ways to save big time. If you reduce your family’s energy needs before installing a solar system, you’ll discover how much a little care makes. The difference can be quite significant – according to Smarter Homes NZ, the average solar system installed supplies only ⅓ of the energy a typical family needs. But with just a few simple changes that don’t impact your lifestyle, the same solar array could completely eliminate your power bill.
2. You increase your freedom
The less energy and earthly resources you use every day, the more you’re able to embrace alternative technology and opportunities. You’ll be able to learn new skills and embrace alternative ways of living, such as the tiny house movement. You may be able to move off-the-grid or live on a sailboat. Reducing your dependence on electricity opens doors for you to live the life of your dreams.
3. You become a conscientious consumer
We believe it’s important every Kiwi understands the impact fossil fuel reliance has on the environment, their health, and the future of our world. Part of that means being away of the choices we make as individuals and how they contribute to problems or solutions.
By making an active effort to conserve energy, you understand just how much you actually consume and what benefits it brings to your life.
4. You discover free entertainment
The average 16-24 year-old spends a staggering 8.9 hours consuming media via a screen. So much of our energy needs are taken up with entertainment – being plugged in, turned on, and tuned in. If you keep a diary of the amount of hours you spend on devices or watching TV, you may be shocked at just how much you use.\
The good news is that when you make a conscious effort to unplug for some of those hours, you discover new, fun, and often free forms of entertainment that enrich your life more than the latest TV show. Play a board game with your family, go for a walk, or indulge in an art project.
5. You help protect the environment
Right now, more than 85% of the world’s energy needs are supplied by non-renewable fossil fuels. New Zealand is leading the way in the switch to clean energy sources, but we need everyone to do their bit and embrace clean and ethical energy. Voting with your wallet shows government, business, and thought leaders that Kiwi’s want change.
Find out more about how Ecotricity can help you save on your electricity bill while supporting clean, ethical energy.