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Tips for Creating an Energy Efficient Home For Winter
28 April 2017
Tips for Creating an Energy Efficient Home For Winter

Energy-efficient. It’s not just a buzz phrase it’s how we are all - and rightfully so, approach our future.

Any home appliance you buy these days offers lots of choices. There will be a cheap disposable version, a high-end version, and an energy efficient version. Blenders, dishwashers, toasters, fridges and freezers - you name it. Purchasing a new appliance can result in a false economy if you haven’t done your homework into how it performs long-term. The important thing to look for is the energy star rating ie: how much electricity it uses, and also in the case of dishwashers, how much water it consumes.

Electric cars, standard cars, and energy approved tyres are all rated today in a bid to save energy in areas we humans have been reckless for far too long.

As we head into winter, we are sure to see a series of news reports about leaky homes and poor housing conditions in general. This is less of a concern when the sun is out and the weather is warm, but come cooler and darker evenings, everyone will be thinking about whether their home will stand up to the elements.

NZ Blinds supply thermal and blackout blinds designed to resist dust and mould and repel moisture. They are easy to clean, giving effective light, heat and UV control, making them ideal for bedrooms and living rooms.

Mould spores and mildew are generally caused by overuse of dryers and gas heaters, poor ventilation, poor insulation and inadequate maintenance around windows and doors. This can lead to a long, cold winter with asthma, skin irritations and chest problems for you and your family. If you live in a well-insulated home, not only are you going to use less energy, but everyone will also be warmer and healthier.

According to EECA, New Zealanders use around 2% more energy every year. We could save about 20% (that’s a whopping $2.4 billion a year) by using energy more wisely and leaning more on renewable resources.

So let’s see what you can do to make your home or office warmer and drier in time for winter, which will make noticeable differences:

  • Improve the insulation of your home. This is the big one. Spend an hour or two sealing your windows properly, installing a weather stop door seal to stop heat escaping between rooms and a draft coming in the front door, consider using a wrap on your hot water cylinder - these all go a long way to making sure the heat stays in.
  • Check your current blinds have a thermal backing to keep the cold out and the warmth you have created, in. Thermal blinds are another easy way to help keep the heat inside. If your curtains have faded or are housing black mould spots, it’s time to get some thermal blinds to do the job properly. But remember to seal those gaps around your windows as well to maximise the warmth.
  • If you need a new appliance, shop around for one with a 3-5 star energy rating.
  • Replace your lightbulbs with energy efficient bulbs.
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room.
  • Close your curtains or blinds as soon as the sun goes down.
  • Set your heated towel rail on a timer so you can ‘set and forget’.
  • Cut back overhanging trees that shade your property and stop natural light from entering a room.

Creating an energy efficient home isn’t difficult and these steps don’t have to be done all at once. If you work on a few changes between now and the start of winter then each job will prove less daunting.