CowshedThe New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy released in October 2007 states that the primary production sector (agriculture, horticulture, forestry and fishing) electricity use accounts for 4% of the national energy use or 5.4 PJ of electricity. A Petajoule (PJ) is approximately the amount of electricity used by a city the size of Nelson each year.

The government's target is to have plans in place to measure the potential for energy efficiency improvements and to roll out an efficiency programme in the rural sector by the end of 2008.


All of us want to cut our costs so hopefully this sheet will give you some practical ideas to help reduce your electricity account. This is followed by suggested web sites to look at other more specific means. The first step in energy efficiency is to understand where the energy is being used at present.

Tackle the big users first and look for low-cost or no-cost savings e.g. turn off or fix-up.

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