The price tag on wasted power in New Zealand is $372 million – but with one simple switch, there’s money to be made. As the winter months roll in and power bills double, more and more families are put under financial pressure. Parliament scraps idea of going solar powered How a Kiwi company received an $18,481 energy bill When keeping your house warm accounts for a third of your power bill, what you use is crucial. Porirua resident Toko Angell is now a power-saving guru – but it wasn’t always this way. One in five New Zealand households battle power poverty and Angell’s was one of them. “It’s a big worry actually… when it’s cold, I can’t help it but turn it up, close the doors, I have mokos come here during the weekend. I make sure they’re warm,” Angell told Newshub. EnergyMate, a part government, part industry-funded programme, stepped in. Trained EnergyMate coach, Jess McRae, visited Angell’s home to give him the tools to manage the dreaded winter power bill. “Homes typically use twice as much electricity in winter, so you’re going to feel that bill in your back pocket,” says the CEO of Electricity Retailers’ Association, Cameron Burrows…. Read full this story
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