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2 Saving the world from your sofa 3Switch to Meridian and support renewable energy
Brushing cleans teeth.
Running the tap while you
do it is just wasting water.
Show your support for renewable energy by using
these simple tips. While you’re checking them
out, remember one way to show your support for
renewable energy is to switch to Meridian -
New Zealand’s largest generator of electricity from
100% renewable sources.
44 ridiculously
simple ways
you can do
your bit
All Meridian customers
get access to My Meridian,
which is our convenient
way for you to keep tabs on
your energy consumption.
Check to see if you can change
the temperature of your hot
water cylinder to 60 degrees
Celsius. That’s a safe level to
avoid bacteria, but plenty hot
for your shower.
4 Saving the world from your sofa 5Switch to Meridian and support renewable energy
Well, the tyres at least.
Under-inflated tyres
decrease fuel economy
by up to 4%.
Old cell-phone batteries
are toxic. Dispose of them
properly. Most mobile
providers offer mobile
phone recycling schemes.
Just drop them off in the
recycling bins in store.
The energy it costs to
produce and transport
meat is far greater than
vegetables. So try cooking
a vegetarian meal one
night a week.
Sadly we all get loads of bank
statements and bills, but that
doesn’t have to be bad for the
environment. Most companies
allow you to opt to receive
everything online.
You don’t leave your car
running when you’re not
using it, so treat lights and
electrical appliances the
same way and turn them
off. At the wall is best!
LED lighting is far superior
in its power efficiency and
uses less than one fifth of the
power. Falling prices have
made LED bulbs far more
affordable these days. Just
like with Meridian, you don’t
have to pay a premium to
make a good choice.
6 Saving the world from your sofa 7Switch to Meridian and support renewable energy
Make running or walking to
the gym your warm up and
warm down exercises.
10
Why drive
to the gym
if you can
run there?
8 Saving the world from your sofa 9Switch to Meridian and support renewable energy
Hit the post office, grocery
store, laundrette, clothes
store in one journey.
Plastic water bottles take
450 years to break down.
So just use one and refill it.
Better still, use a glass or
metal bottle to start with.
Walk or bike or hop on a
bus. Anything is better than
driving your car. And you get
the added bonus of a bit of
exercise (even walking to and
from the bus stop is better
for you than walking from
your garage to your house).
Worm farms create fantastic
compost for organic waste.
Give your worm a name and
teach it tricks like: Squirm,
Wriggle, Dig and Slime – or
maybe those are names.
You’re not going to have
a cold bath, but your
clothes could.
Washing on a hot cycle
can use 90% more
energy per load.
Glass takes about a million
years to decompose, but
it can be reused about a
million times.
10 Saving the world from your sofa 11Switch to Meridian and support renewable energy
Carrying all that stuff
around is just
wasting energy.
Billions of toxic disposable
batteries are tossed every
year. Rechargeable batteries
and a charger will save you
money in the long run and help
save the planet. It costs about
24 cents a year to recharge
120 batteries.
It’s not just that petrol
is pricy, using cruise
control can reduce your
car’s fuel consumption,
and emissions.
When you stop working,
make sure your computer
does too. Turning it off
rather than putting it in
sleep mode can save up
to $30 per year, which is
roughly enough power to
do 14 hours of ironing!
A bath uses twice the
amount of water of
a shower. So, shower
more and bath less.
A leaking toilet can
waste hundreds of litres
of water a day. There are
plenty of easy to follow
websites online on how
to fix a leaky cistern. Or
you could just ask at
any plumber’s supply or
bathroom store.

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How to save the world from your sofa

  • 2. 2 Saving the world from your sofa 3Switch to Meridian and support renewable energy Brushing cleans teeth. Running the tap while you do it is just wasting water. Show your support for renewable energy by using these simple tips. While you’re checking them out, remember one way to show your support for renewable energy is to switch to Meridian - New Zealand’s largest generator of electricity from 100% renewable sources. 44 ridiculously simple ways you can do your bit All Meridian customers get access to My Meridian, which is our convenient way for you to keep tabs on your energy consumption. Check to see if you can change the temperature of your hot water cylinder to 60 degrees Celsius. That’s a safe level to avoid bacteria, but plenty hot for your shower.
  • 3. 4 Saving the world from your sofa 5Switch to Meridian and support renewable energy Well, the tyres at least. Under-inflated tyres decrease fuel economy by up to 4%. Old cell-phone batteries are toxic. Dispose of them properly. Most mobile providers offer mobile phone recycling schemes. Just drop them off in the recycling bins in store. The energy it costs to produce and transport meat is far greater than vegetables. So try cooking a vegetarian meal one night a week. Sadly we all get loads of bank statements and bills, but that doesn’t have to be bad for the environment. Most companies allow you to opt to receive everything online. You don’t leave your car running when you’re not using it, so treat lights and electrical appliances the same way and turn them off. At the wall is best! LED lighting is far superior in its power efficiency and uses less than one fifth of the power. Falling prices have made LED bulbs far more affordable these days. Just like with Meridian, you don’t have to pay a premium to make a good choice.
  • 4. 6 Saving the world from your sofa 7Switch to Meridian and support renewable energy Make running or walking to the gym your warm up and warm down exercises. 10 Why drive to the gym if you can run there?
  • 5. 8 Saving the world from your sofa 9Switch to Meridian and support renewable energy Hit the post office, grocery store, laundrette, clothes store in one journey. Plastic water bottles take 450 years to break down. So just use one and refill it. Better still, use a glass or metal bottle to start with. Walk or bike or hop on a bus. Anything is better than driving your car. And you get the added bonus of a bit of exercise (even walking to and from the bus stop is better for you than walking from your garage to your house). Worm farms create fantastic compost for organic waste. Give your worm a name and teach it tricks like: Squirm, Wriggle, Dig and Slime – or maybe those are names. You’re not going to have a cold bath, but your clothes could. Washing on a hot cycle can use 90% more energy per load. Glass takes about a million years to decompose, but it can be reused about a million times.
  • 6. 10 Saving the world from your sofa 11Switch to Meridian and support renewable energy Carrying all that stuff around is just wasting energy. Billions of toxic disposable batteries are tossed every year. Rechargeable batteries and a charger will save you money in the long run and help save the planet. It costs about 24 cents a year to recharge 120 batteries. It’s not just that petrol is pricy, using cruise control can reduce your car’s fuel consumption, and emissions. When you stop working, make sure your computer does too. Turning it off rather than putting it in sleep mode can save up to $30 per year, which is roughly enough power to do 14 hours of ironing! A bath uses twice the amount of water of a shower. So, shower more and bath less. A leaking toilet can waste hundreds of litres of water a day. There are plenty of easy to follow websites online on how to fix a leaky cistern. Or you could just ask at any plumber’s supply or bathroom store.
  • 7. 12 Saving the world from your sofa 13Switch to Meridian and support renewable energy An effective showerhead will reduce the amount of hot water you use significantly. That way, you could sneak an extra minute in the shower without feeling guilty. Well, not too guilty. A leaky seal on your fridge can be spilling energy into the house, make sure your fridge isn’t leaking. To check, put a torch in it and shut the door. If you can see light around the edge you need a new seal. Most good washing machines these days have eco modes, or fast washes, so if it’s a light load go light on the earth and your wallet. The sun and the wind are pretty powerful, we should know. Dry your clothes on the line as much as possible to save on the dryer. We recommend double-pegging if you’re in Wellington. Take a leaf out of your nana’s book and unwrap your presents carefully so you can re-use the paper. And that gift you don’t need or want might be just what someone else needs or wants. Re-gifting, it’s another win win situation. Plant a tree. It’s good for the air, good for the land and good for shade.
  • 8. 14 Saving the world from your sofa 15Switch to Meridian and support renewable energy Use only the lights you need 29
  • 9. 16 Saving the world from your sofa 17Switch to Meridian and support renewable energy Over 450,000 newspapers are printed every day in NZ, the more that are recycled the better. Paper mache is a creative and fun way to use up old newspapers. Napkins alone contribute to the destruction of millions of trees annually worldwide. So you can try using reusable cloth napkins and kitchen wipes. For the germaphobes out there, don’t worry, just remember to clean them after use - they clean surfaces, not themselves (though that’d be cool). Often there is no point trying to heat a home efficiently if the house is full of draughts. So plug them up with new doors, or door sausages. You can’t buy your electricity from overseas, which makes that choice easy. But there are thousands of other products where you have the choice to reduce your carbon footprint by buying and supporting local produce. And when it comes to food, most often homegrown is more delicious. Working from home means not using your car, which we all know is a good thing. So see if you can swing working from home a couple of days a week with your boss.  Water during the day and you’ll lose most of the water to evaporation. Watering earlier is so easy you could do it in your sleep. Just make sure you’re out of bed before you start.
  • 10. 18 Saving the world from your sofa 19Switch to Meridian and support renewable energy Make sure your house is properly insulated, starting with the roof. Because it’s like Mum used to say, you lose most of your heat out of your noggin. Check online for the ‘Warm Up NZ: Healthy Homes initiative’, as for some homes this could even be free. Sneak a quick shower with your loved one and you’ll get two showers for the price of one. But it may pay to ask them first! It’s not just weeds and lawn clippings from the garden that make good compost. Chuck in your veggie peelings, fruit waste, teabags, paper napkins, sawdust, ashes, coffee grounds, stuff from vacuum cleaner bags and unpaid bills! (Okay, pay them first). Try not to leave your mobile devices on the charger longer than they need. Batteries aren’t like you on the sports field, they only ever give 100%. Remember to turn the charger off at the wall. When you’re out shopping for products try to buy them without all the packaging. Most supermarkets supply cloth bags you can keep in the boot of the car and re-use with each shop. Carpooling to work will cut the carbon emissions you produce by half, or a third, a quarter, or a fifth. All depending on how many you can pack in.
  • 11. 20 Saving the world from your sofa If you sing in the shower, try shorter songs 42 A 15 minute shower costs around $1, a 5 minute shower around 33c. A family of four could be saving around $18 a week just by taking shorter showers. That’s $900 a year. So cut back on those Bohemian Rhapsody renditions.
  • 12. 22 Saving the world from your sofa No, we don’t mean become a caveman. But beards are cool these days, so you don’t have to shave as often. Just another way to save water by being lazy. There are many ways to make the glass in your house work harder to keep in heat. Double-glazing or Low-e film are more modern ways, but good old-fashioned curtains are the easiest fix.