While condensation and mildew growth can be caused by construction faults, it is usually caused by moisture generated within the house, such as from cooking, showering or lack of ventilation. The average adult releases 1/2 litre of water per day just by breathing, so it is important to keep all rooms well ventilated. The simplest way to ventilate your home, even in winter, is to open the doors and windows regularly to allow fresh air in. Good ventilation is important for maintaining healthy indoor air and reducing the amount of moisture in your home will make it easier to heat. Controlling Condensation/Mildew
Doing one new thing each week to save energy could create a strong savings habit and reduce your power/gas bill, which averages $150 a month in a typical New Zealand home
Don’t pour money down the drain when it comes to power. There are simple things you can do to save money on your energy bills that won’t cost you a cent.
1.Turn appliances on stand-by off at the wall (microwaves, stereos, televisions, DVD players, computers).
2. If you have to use your heated towel rail, do so for a few hours each day instead of continuously.
3. Turn off your beer fridge during the week.
4. Use cold water for washing clothes.
5. Make sure your hot water is 55°C at the tap and 60°C at the cylinder. $100 $100 $100 $50 $50 $400 five simple no-cost steps to save you money
Heatpump use, best practice
- Only heat when you need it – don’t leave your heat pump on all day if you’re not there. Use the timer to turn on the heat pump shortly before you get home and turn it off when you don’t need it.
- Only heat the space you’re actually using – shut doors and curtains to keep the heat in.
- Set the thermostat to a healthy temperature – aim for 18ºC to 20ºC, and 16ºC in bedrooms overnight. High thermostat settings cause high electricity use.
- Clean the filter regularly – inside and outside, as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Avoid using it as an air conditioner when you can – try opening windows and doors on either side of the house to create a through-breeze. Close curtains on hot, sunny days to keep you home cool and shady.