Win­dow blan­kets an an­swer to heat­ing woes

Manawatu Guardian - - STEPPING OUT... -

Along with the re­cent cold weather has come a flurry of cold hous­ing sto­ries in the New Zealand me­dia.

Most con­cern­ing of all is the re­port­ing of re­search done by Credit Sim­ple in­di­cat­ing that the ma­jor­ity of Kiwi house­holds plan to ra­tion their heat­ing this win­ter. In other words, for the first time ever more than 50 per cent of home­own­ers and renters alike re­port they will be un­able to heat their homes to their lik­ing in the com­ing months.

This bad news comes on top of all the sto­ries we have seen on the neg­a­tive health ef­fects of peo­ple liv­ing in cold and damp homes, on leaky build­ings, on high power bills, and on dodgy prod­ucts and ser­vices. Faced with all this neg­a­tiv­ity what’s a per­son to do?

Here is some good news for Manawatu¯ res­i­dents ea­ger to take their health, com­fort and power bill into their own hands. Win­dow blan­kets are an in­ex­pen­sive and highly ef­fec­tive way to re­duce heat loss through win­dows and glass doors. For less than $40 — and in many cases for free — any­one with mod­est DIY skills can build a sim­ple win­dow blan­ket than can per­form as good as dou­ble-glaz­ing and in some cases bet­ter than triple-glaz­ing. Come along to this free work­shop and learn how: Thurs­day, June 7, 3pm, at Re­claimed Tim­ber Traders in Tip Rd, Awa­puni.

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