Waiheke Marketplace : July 6th 2011
10 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JULY 6, 2011 As night-time temperatures finally drop into single figures it's time to find ways of keeping warm without blowing out the electricity bill. Keeping a warm home is vital for the health of all family members but most especially the old and the very young. Houses should be heated to a temperature of 18-21C. Cold homes can cause serious health issues such as hypothermia and pneumonia, and can act as a trigger for asthma. If money is no object, the best way to create a warm home is to double glaze the windows, make sure there is sufficient under-floor and ceiling insulation and install European style central heating. Other, cheaper methods include hanging thick curtains on all external doors and using cheap draught exclusion strips on windows. Abitof exercise gets the blood flowing. Ifatripto the gym is out of the question, try a spot of housework such as vacuuming to get the body warmed up. An obvious way to keep warm is to dress correctly, with lots of thin layers of clothing instead of one bulky item. Slippers are a must and Keeping snug ADVERTISING FEATURE *Conditions apply. Minimum purchase applies. See www.carpetcourt.co.nz for full details. Apple is not a participant in or a sponsor of this promotion. Right now at Carpet Court buy any houselot of SmartStrand carpet and you will receive a FREE iPad 2. But hurry, offer must end 29 July! FREE iPad 2 It's Just Better. with any houselot of HURRY! for a limited time If SmartStrand can handle this 1200kg rhino it can handle your wildlife. 23b Tahi Rd, Ostend Waiheke Island (opposite NewGen) firstname.lastname@example.org www.carpetcourt.co.nz Phone 372 3455 even a hat or headscarf will stop heat loss through the head. Close the doors to all unused rooms. Damp houses are generally colder houses so it is important to dry condensation off windows and window sills. But on fine, sunny, winter days, open up the house to let it dry out, as dry houses are easier to heat. Do not dry clothes indoors, as the condensation from the clothes will add to the dampness. A hot meal and a hot drink will keep the body temperature up so get up regularly during the evening to make a cuppa. An inventive option is to leave the oven door open after cooking to make use of all the residual heat. Funding for insulation and clean effcient heating Houses built before 2000 are eligible for government funding to install insulation and/ or clean effcient heating, under the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart programme. Up to $1300 (or 33 percent) is available towards the cost of ceiling and under foor insulation and other energy effciency measures such as a hot water cylinder wrap, pipe lagging, draught-stopping and a ground moisture barrier. $500 is offered towards the cost of installing a clean heater in main living area, if there isn't one already there and the ceiling and under foor insulation is at the minimum standard. Examples of clean effcient heaters include Energy Star heat pumps, approved wood burners, approved pellet fres and four-star AGA-rated fued gas heaters. Visit http://www.energywise.govt.nz/funding- available/insulation-and-clean-heating to fnd out how to apply.
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