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Good Energy

How we use our power to make a difference

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At Meridian, we’re absolutely committed to generating electricity from 100% renewable resources.

We’re always striving to do good things with our energy and that includes empowering you to do good things with yours. There are heaps of ways that you can use your power to make a difference. Check out all our tips, tricks, stories and articles about how you can join us on the mission to take care of our communities and our planet.

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Energy efficiency and saving power

When it comes to saving power, it goes well beyond simply flicking the switch off at the wall. There are heaps of ways that you can make a difference. Calculating the amount of power your appliances use, adjusting your windows, doors and lighting, and considering the seasons are all ways to be more energy efficient. You might make your bills feel a bit lighter too.

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Timers and sensors

Low cost and relatively easy to install, timers and sensors control lighting and electricity when rooms and appliances aren’t being used.

Electric Vehicles in New Zealand

We believe that electric vehicles (EVs) have a key role to play in climate action by reducing the use of fossil fuels. They’re a tangible way that we can make a difference and that’s pretty exciting stuff. We get it though, there’s a lot to consider and making the switch can be a bit daunting. That’s where we come in. We’ve broken down all things EV – what they are, what they cost, and why we think they’re great, so you’ve got all the info you need to get started on your electric journey.

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Advantages of driving an EV

There are heaps of benefits to driving an electric vehicle. We’ve narrowed it down to the top six reasons to go electric.

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Tackling rural NZ in an EV

Electric cars are all well and good, until you remember you’re not a townie and your nearest charging station is an hour’s drive away. Right? Well... not quite.

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Charging EVs

Unlike petrol stations, chargers for your EV aren’t quite so common. Don't worry though, you’ve got options.

Farming for the environment

We aren’t experts at farming, but as we always say, we know our stuff when it comes to power. And just like at home, there are heaps of ways that you can make your farm more energy efficient. We’ve got a few tips and tricks lined up to help you make some small changes that’ll make a big difference to the environment, and your bottom line.

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Sustainable farming tips

Running machinery might be a necessity, but there are ways to cut back your usage to save power and money.

Partnerships and Communities

Being a part of the community and playing our part for the environment is a huge part of what we do at Meridian. That’s why we partner with organisations like the Department of Conservation (DOC), KidsCan and Ngāi Tahu.

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Kākāpō Recovery Programme

The kākāpō is an endangered national treasure but, along with the Department of Conservation and Ngāi Tahu, we’re helping bring this taonga species back from the brink of extinction.

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KidsCan Partnership

Education can help a child get out of poverty, but kids can’t learn when they’re cold, wet or hungry and that’s why we’ve been proud principal partners of KidsCan since 2013.

Environment

It’s why we’re planting trees to offset our carbon emissions through our Forever Forests programme, and why we support the grassroots projects of our local asset communities. You can read all about it here – because want to show you that when it comes to taking care of Papatūānuku (mother earth), we say what we mean, and we do what we say.

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Forever Forests

We’re chucking on our gumboots and planting 1.5 million trees across New Zealand to offset our carbon emissions.