A lower carbon lifestyle is better for our climate, your wellbeing, and your pocket.

Where will you take climate action?

  • Everyday life

    Make little choices every day that have a big impact, like choosing where you shop, what you wear, what you eat, and what you say.

    Learn more

  • At home

    Get your home set up to save emissions and dollars on heating, water, appliances, insulation, and lighting.

    Find out how

  • On the move

    Check out these lower emissions transport options and pick what suits you - or switch it up one trip at a time.

    Explore your options

Curious to learn more about climate change?

Climate change is an issue for New Zealand, and for New Zealanders. Take a look at what that means for us, how we're tracking as a country, and learn how to understand the language of climate change.

Ways to get started

Changes you can make for free

  • Park the car

    Take a breather from driving and give the planet a breather too. Driving less is one of the most impactful things you can do to bring down your carbon footprint – and there are so many ways to do it.

  • Measure your carbon footprint

    How much greenhouse gas do you produce as you live your life? The average New Zealander’s carbon footprint is around 8.6 tonnes a year. Find out how you’re doing – and what you could do better – with a carbon footprint calculator.

    Use FutureFit

  • Plan your food, eat it all

    Putting food in your tum rather than the bin is an easy way to save the energy-related emissions of food production. Planning meals and storing food so it lasts longer could also save the average household $560 a year.

    Eat low carbon

  • Get smart with your hot water

    Around 30% of the energy used by the average household flows into hot water. Simple changes to the way you use it save energy – and reduce your power bill.

    Use hot water efficiently

  • Reduce your digital footprint

    Smartphones, streaming services, data centres and networks all need energy and non-renewable resources to be produced and run, generating a lot of climate-changing emissions.

    Set good digital habits

  • Speak up

    Sharing your climate actions with others feels good, and it's one of the most important things you can do for climate change.

    Speak up

Changes that cost a bit

  • Switch to LEDs

    LED light bulbs use up to 85% less electricity than traditional incandescent or halogen bulbs and can last 15 times longer. They cost around $3 to $10 each – so a bit more upfront but the long-term savings are worth it.

    Use LED lighting

  • Offset your emissions

    Emission offsetting services can calculate the emissions you produce, then help you fund projects that remove emissions from the atmosphere or prevent them in first place. Offsetting a domestic flight costs less than $5.

    Reduce flying

  • Choose efficient appliances

    An appliance with more stars on the Energy Rating Label is more energy efficient – meaning you can save money on running costs, and New Zealand can save energy and emissions.

    Choose good appliances

Big changes worth investing in