Our energy use has a range of impacts, from the financial to the environmental.
We, and the country as a whole, can reduce these impacts by using less energy in our homes and changing the energy sources that supply them. This could ultimately free us from having to rely on non-renewable resources for energy production, and give households more control over their energy costs.
The scope of the impact of our energy use transcends the boundaries of our homes. Our efforts to reduce energy demand, especially during peak times, will also reduce pressure on the infrastructure that supplies our energy and the need to expand it.
Becoming more energy independent
There are opportunities to become less dependent on the national electricity grid by generating your own energy at home, which can help keep your energy costs stable as power prices rise. Self-generation technologies are becoming both more affordable and available, and as a result self-generation of energy has increased in New Zealand in the past few years.