The Biggest Power Users in a Kiwi Home During Winter

As winter wraps its chilly embrace around New Zealand, it's time for us to delve into the realm of energy consumption within our homes. At Ecotricity, we're passionate about empowering you with the knowledge to make conscious decisions about your energy usage. Today, let's explore the biggest power users in a typical Kiwi household during the winter months.

Heating Systems

As temperatures drop, our reliance on heating systems surges. Whether it's a heat pump, electric heater, or fireplace, keeping warm becomes a top priority. While essential for comfort during colder days, heating systems can be significant contributors to energy consumption. Opting for energy-efficient heating options and maintaining them properly can help mitigate their impact on your electricity usage.

Hot Water Heating

Ah, the joy of a hot shower on a frosty morning! However, heating water accounts for a considerable portion of energy usage in Kiwi homes, especially during winter. Insulating your hot water cylinder, setting the thermostat to an appropriate temperature, and considering alternative heating methods such as solar water heaters can help reduce energy consumption without compromising your comfort.


With shorter daylight hours, we rely more on artificial lighting during winter evenings. Traditional incandescent bulbs are notorious energy guzzlers, so consider switching to energy-efficient LED bulbs. Additionally, making it a habit to switch off lights when not in use can lead to noticeable energy savings over time.


From cooking hearty winter meals to drying laundry indoors, our household appliances work overtime during the colder months. While modern appliances are designed to be more energy-efficient, their cumulative usage can still contribute significantly to your electricity bill. Being mindful of how and when you use appliances, opting for energy-efficient models, and considering alternative methods like air-drying laundry can help curb energy consumption.

If you're on Ecotricity's ecoSAVER plan you'll have access to cheaper rates during off-peak times and all weekend, so take advantage of those times to do your cooking and laundry.

Insulation and Draught Proofing

A well-insulated home not only keeps you cozy but also helps reduce the need for excessive heating. Poor insulation and draughts can lead to heat loss, prompting you to crank up the heat unnecessarily. Investing in insulation upgrades, sealing draughts around doors and windows, and maximizing natural sunlight can all contribute to a more energy-efficient home during winter.

Entertainment and Electronics

As outdoor activities take a back seat during winter, we often turn to indoor entertainment options like TVs, gaming consoles, and computers. While these electronics provide enjoyment and relaxation, they also consume energy. Being mindful of standby power consumption, unplugging devices when not in use, and considering energy-saving settings can help minimize their impact on your electricity bill.

Cooking and Food Preservation

Winter is synonymous with hearty meals and preserving seasonal produce. However, cooking appliances like ovens and stovetops can be energy intensive. Opting for efficient cooking methods, using lids on pots and pans, and avoiding unnecessary preheating can all contribute to energy savings in the kitchen.

As we navigate the colder months, understanding the biggest power users in our homes empowers us to make informed choices that align with our commitment to sustainability. By adopting energy-efficient practices and embracing eco-friendly technologies, we can minimize our carbon footprint while staying warm and comfortable throughout winter. Remember, every small change adds up to make a significant difference in our journey towards a greener, more sustainable future.

Stay warm, stay eco-conscious, and together, let's make a positive impact on our planet!

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