Can I get near free electricity?

A colleague once told me her monthly electricity bill exceeded $1200 a month. I didn’t believe her, until she told me she had more than one fridge, a spa pool and underfloor heating. Underfloor heating? How about you go put on a jersey and save yourself hundreds?!

Now I’ve been in my new house for two full months, I’m starting to get an idea of my ongoing fixed costs, including my average monthly electricity bill.

For the past month, my bill has come to NZD$57, not bad I think. But it gets a whole lot better. Every year, the line company provides a dividend for bill payers to the tune of $280. As long as you’re paying a bill on August 5, you qualify. I moved in on August 1, so I’ll take that entire amount thank you very much :-). Over the course of the year, the dividend is $23.33/month, so my bill comes down to just $34/month.

But could I get my bill all the way down to $23 a month and therefore pay nothing at all?

Firstly, there is a fixed cost of $10/month for the lines charges. It doesn’t matter if you spend $34 or $1200 a month, you pay this regardless. So this leaves just $13/month for actual usage (down from $34). Not sure this is entirely feasible, but I’m going to give it a go.

Walk1000miles Challenge

I love a good challenge and my first one is the “Walk100miles” Challenge.

This challenge involves walking or running 1000 miles (1609.34 km) in a year. That’s 2.74 miles (or 4.4km) a day.

I love hiking the trails around New Zealand and finding new parks and streets to walk/run around my house. I use a Fitbit to track my activity and will be logging my distance each week below.

Now normally I should have commenced this in January, but there’s no better time to start than the present right?! So I’ve decided to kick this off from the first day I’ve moved into my house – August 01 2020.

I’ll be logging my distance week by week here.