Insulate your current home
Homes built before 1978 generally don’t have much, if any, insulation. This means that New Zealand homes are often cold, damp, energy-inefficient and expensive to run.
Many homeowners attempt to fix these problems by putting in heat pumps, dehumidifiers and other devices instead of first addressing the fundamental problem – little or no insulation.
Insulating your home is the single most effective measure you can take to keep your home warm and to save money on energy bills.
Heating accounts for around one-third of the energy used in a New Zealand home with poor or no insulation.
Typical energy consumption for average NZ home
Insulation will also help protect your family’s health. Damp and moist conditions trigger asthma, bronchitis and other illnesses. New Zealand has the second highest rate of asthma in the world and our death rate in winter is also very high by world standards.
By protecting your home against the heat, cold and damp, insulation will measurably increase the quality of life inside your home.