Cut­ting your win­ter heat­ing bill

The threat of draughts will make your home feel cold if they’re not plugged this win­ter. Some sim­ple home main­te­nance can im­prove the com­fort of your home and re­duce your heat­ing bill, ac­cord­ing to EECA En­er­gy­wise.

Hamilton Metro News - - HOME HEATING -

Top EN­ER­GY­WISE tips In­su­la­tion

Well-in­stalled in­su­la­tion makes a big dif­fer­ence to your com­fort in win­ter. If your in­su­la­tion was in­stalled some time ago, get it checked to make sure it’s still do­ing the job. If trades­men have been in the roof space, they may have moved the in­su­la­tion — gaps may halve the ef­fec­tive­ness of the in­su­la­tion..

If you don’t have in­su­la­tion, you may be able to add the cost of in­su­la­tion to your rates from $9 a week— talk to your coun­cil. Low-in­come rental prop­er­ties may also be el­i­gi­ble for a grant un­der the Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes pro­gramme.

Gaps un­der doors

Is the wind whistling through gaps un­der your doors? It’s a very easy DIY job to fit draught ex­clud­ers, which you can buy from hard­ware stores.

Door snakes

Door snakes in front of in­ter­nal doors help keep your rooms cozy.

You can buy these from hard­ware stores or eas­ily make your own with some spare fab­ric and stuff­ing.

Hinges and catches

Check whether hinges and catches are loose and tighten them up with a screw driver.

Weather strip­ping, which you can buy cheaply from hard­ware stores, can be used to seal gaps around many doors or win­dows. It’s an easy job. If you get draughts from around door or win­dow trims, seal be­hind them with clear or paintable sealant.

Un­used fire places

This is a re­ally easy fix. Block the chim­ney with a rub­bish bag filled with shred­ded news­pa­pers.

Make sure no one tries to light the fire af­ter you block the chim­ney.

Down­lights

Older style re­cessed down­lights let large amounts of heat es­cape into your roof space. The only so­lu­tion is to re­place old style down­lights with mod­ern, sealed IC or IC-F rated LED down­lights that can be in­su­lated over.

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