Deepa-Rose on warm ups for under $100
As the southerly blows in with rain and sleet, pick up a hot cup of tea, and breathe. We are going to give you some tips to warm your home for under $100 (well, nearly all under $100).
V-Profile Weather Strip ($14.95) – Do your windows whistle? Can you still feel an icy draught coming through the door even when you have your deliciously warm woollens and a heater on? If so, V Strip can help you. It’s an ingenious ‘tape’ which is easy and quick to put around windows and doors.
Double doorsnake ($26) – Do your doors have a gap at the bottom? Does all the heat escape? Why not block that with a double doorsnake made by our wonderful sewing machinist at the Curtain Bank. Custom-made to width size of your door, and even to a preferred colour if you want! Draught stopping in style, eh?
Scoopy ($27) – Unfortunately New Zealand homes are notorious for condensation. Weepy windows is a norm, when it so should not be. But fear not. A reasonably priced solution is a Scoopy. True to its name it scoops your condensation leaving a drier window. And satisfaction. Believe me. Check this out!
Window Film Kits ($45/6m2 and $120/20m2) – You could go the next step up in window, condensation and draught-proofing care by using amazing DIY window insulation. Very effective and almost like double glazing, window insulation is easy to put on your windows and is so reasonable on your pocket for the efficiency they provide!
Heaters – The type of heater you use, of course, is the biggest saving you may get! We admit that many of the good ones are more than $100. But they can save you in the long run on energy costs. Preferably you want a heater with a timer and thermostat so you do not lose track of the room comfort temperature. Read/track your electricity meter before turning on the heater, then read again after half an hour of usage. Do some maths and work out how much you could save! My new heater (with timer and thermostat) has saved me $40 just in the last month.
Free home energy assessment (free or $120) – As well as all of the above you can amp up your commitment to saving yourself some energy and costs by having a free home energy assessment. Our advisors sort you out with an action plan tailored for your home. Free for Wellington city and Upper Hutt city ratepayers, $120 if you live somewhere else. If you just want some quick tips, here’s some of our free resources online.
Curtains (free for low-income households) – If you have a Community Services Card you could also be eligible for a free set of floor -length curtains to further draught proof your windows and keep you toasty and well. Here is more info on the Curtain Bank. However if you already have curtains you can get them lined by us for that extra warmth.
Whatever you do remember to create that thermal envelope around yourself and your family while keeping sneaky draughts and heat escape at bay! So stop watching the sleet, and keep warm and well and drop in to our EcoCentre in Forresters Lane (off Tory St) if you need more advice!
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