Warmer, drier, cheaper

Good - - GOOD PROMOTION - Want more help? Book a home as­sess­ment for so­lu­tions to cre­ate a warmer, en­ergy ef­fi­cient home.

Cost-cut­ting tips for a healthy home, with Sus­tain­abil­ity Trust.

Elec­tric­ity prices have in­creased 70% over the past 20 years. Here, tips to man­age it.

If your in­su­la­tion is more than 10 years old, get it checked by a pro­fes­sional to be sure it meets rec­om­mended thick­ness of 200mm or more.

Don’t miss 50% off home in­su­la­tion with gov­ern­ment fund­ing for low-medium in­come house­holds – runs out June 2018.

Make sure veg­e­ta­tion is not block­ing di­rect sun­light into the home.

Re­duce mois­ture sources and ven­ti­late your home for 15 min­utes, twice a day.

Change to in­su­la­tion-cov­er­able LED down­lights and fill any in­su­la­tion gaps.

If you can fill a 10L bucket from your shower in un­der a minute, its flow is too high. You could save $150 per per­son per year by us­ing a low-flow shower head.

Re­duce your hot wa­ter tem­per­a­ture and in­stall a hot wa­ter cylin­der wrap.

Use ef­fi­cient heat sources; gen­er­ally heat pumps, wood burn­ers and flued gas heat­ing are the most eco­nom­i­cal. Shop on­line or in­store sus­tain­trust.org.nz EcoCen­tre, For­resters Lane (off Tory St), Welling­ton. Open Mon-Sat, 9.30-4.30.

Sus­tain­abil­ity Trust pro­vides ad­vice and sells prod­ucts which re­sult in drier, health­ier homes and re­duce im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment. All prof­its are in­vested in award-win­ning com­mu­nity pro­grammes that em­power every­one to live more sus­tain­ably.

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