The difference between recycling & upcycling

Upcycled aqua chair with paint brush on the side with a stapler

Why recycle when you can upcycle? Recycling is good, but upcycling is better. Here’s a breakdown of the differences between recycling and upcycling, why upcycling is more environmentally friendly and how to support upcycling projects – and maybe even start your own! Recycling = downcycling Recycling has also been called “downcycling”. Recycling converts fully formed […]

RE100 companies commit to renewable energy!

Wind turbines

In line with Climate Group, RE100 is an initiative for major global companies that are committed to renewable electricity. Being listed as a RE100 company means 100% of electricity across global operations are generated from renewable sources, either from the market or self-produced. Renewables are a smart business decision, providing greater control over energy costs […]

Tidal energy on the rise!

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Hydroelectric energy is derived from falling or flowing water. This technology has grown from the humble beginnings of open water wheels in ancient times to the sophisticated enclosed turbines of the modern age. While most hydropower is derived from dams, it can also be derived from the ebb and flow of the tides. There are […]

Meridian and Contact Energy lead $60 million ripoff and massive increase in CO2 emissions

$60 million dollar RiP OFF

$60 million ripoff Contact Energy and Meridian Energy have been accused of extracting more than $60 million from consumers by over-charging for their electricity while spilling water from their South Island dams. Overall, including all other generators, this has lead to a nationwide $100 million wholesale ripoff in just 4 weeks. Haast Energy Trading, Ecotricity, […]

What are we going to run out of first

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10.8 billion, that’s what experts are forecasting earth’s population to be in the year 2100. And as we slowly creep closer to that number, our most precious resources and minerals will start to run out. The things we take for granted everyday, like clean water and air will start to degrade as earth’s population begins […]

How solar panels work (and are they viable)

Solar panels on rooftop

Here at Ecotricity, we’re excited about the possibilities for solar as a renewable energy source to help power New Zealand. That’s why we offer the country’s leading price plans for those who are already on-board with solar. If you’re interested in solar, it’s good to understand exactly how your panels work, and whether solar is […]

Energy Minister Woods Saves Consumers $45m. Another $450m is on the way.

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On the 3rd of October 2019, the government announced changes rising from the Energy Minister’s recent Electricity Price Review (EPR).  20 of the review’s recommendations have been adopted by the Minister and will be rolled out over the next two to twelve months. The reforms require the bigger power companies (called the “gentailers” – they […]