Keeping warm and dry in winter

25 JUN, 2019

Winter is here, which can make it tough to keep your home warm and dry. So, we’ve put together some tips that will help you keep the cold and dampness away.

Heating

  • Let the sun in while its warm out during the day, open curtains to let the warmth in and remember to close them again before it gets cold.
  •  Heaters are great at heating one room, so close doors and windows to trap the heat and in the evening pull curtains to prevent it escaping.
  • Draught excluders or door snakes are also a useful way of stopping heat from escaping under a closed door.
  • If you use your heater, set your thermostat - aim for 18 to 20˚C and use it directly in the room you want to warm up.

Power savings

  • Heating can be expensive, so turn your heaters off when you don’t need them, rather than leaving them on when you’re not there.
  • To stop your power bill jumping further in winter, turn off appliances like TVs, stereos and computers rather than leaving them on standby.
  • Also don’t forget to switch off lights when they’re not in use.
  • Energy efficient LED light bulbs can save you $100 or more a year on electricity in your house.
  • If you’re eligible for NZ Superannuation or a range of other government benefits, use the Winter Energy Payment to subsidise your power bill.

Staying dry

  • Opening doors and windows a few times a day in winter helps reduce moisture in your home, allowing it to stay warm and dry.
  • Use extraction fans in bathrooms, laundries and kitchens where possible to reduce moisture.
  • Drying clothes outside the home keeps dampness away.
  • Introduce a small number of pot plants inside the home to absorb moisture.