Later, to our dismay we discovered many of the New Zealand homes are cold and damp. These homes aren't just uncomfortable to live in, they can also have negative impacts on your health
I remembered while living in a rented house many years ago that our neighbor from Russia told me, that; back in his home country, even the poorest household is better insulated than those in New Zealand!
|A hail covered Karori, 2010.|
More than 20 years after we settled onto this Land of the Long White Cloud, the government finally decided to help!
|August 1988, our second day in Wellington.|
In 2009, the EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority) estimated that around 900,000 homes in New Zealand had substandard insulation.
With a population of only 4 million plus, you do the math; no wonder our Russian friend think we are of THIRD WORLD standard!
To cut my rant I suggest you go to Google and search for "insulate new zealand home", the half million results will tell you all about this subject :)
However, if you are too lazy to bother then go straight to the EECA site and read all about the funding you might be entitled to!!
|Last August we were snowed in!|
Under the present EECA Energywise program, if your house was built before 2000 you are eligible for ENERGYWISE™ funding to install insulation through EECA-approved providers.
If you are a homeowner (including landlords) - and your house was built before the year 2000 - you can get up to $1,300 (or 33%) towards the cost of ceiling and underfloor insulation and its installation.
To separate the "cowboys", it is important that you get three quotes from different EECA-approved installers. From the quotes, I decided to use the service from a company call Sustainability Trust.
Being of a Lockwood design, our house walls are made of solid pine wood which insulate well; according to the assessor, our attic is under insulated and huge amount of heat is lost through the ceiling. The other major heat lost area is through the floor, our rooms are like freezer boxes when southerlies hit and room heat literally get "suck out" through the uninsulated floor!!
To make our house warmer, insulation material are install on three area to cut down heat lost.
Under the floor where the 3 bedrooms sit, the floor directly above the double garages where the living room sits; and in the attic.
For underfloor, Sustainability Trust used a product called NOVAfloor, a heavy duty polyester mat that reduce droughts coming up through the floorboards.
For our ceiling, a different insulating material is used.
A product called NOVAtherm is installed in the ceiling as a blanket.
Five days after the installation, the company send an "auditor" to check and make sure the installers did a good job.
How much does it cost? The break-down...
NOVAtherm R2.8 95 meter square @ $18.37 $1,745.15
NOVAfloor R1.4 95 meter square @ 24.35 2,313.25
Labour 3 hours @ 35.00 105.00
We pay - $2,863.40
Does it work?
I think so :)
How do I know?
Today is a bitterly cold night, it is blowing SOUTHERLIES and 2°C outside! Before installing insulation the living room floor was really cold and the back section of the house was like a fridge (5°C)!
Now I only need to operate one heater (on thermostat) to maintain a comfortable 20°C in the living room, the back section; now without heating is about 12°C.
I would recommend it highly!
KEEP WARM FOLKS :)
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