Money saving tips to moving into a new home in winter

Moving into a new home sure is an exciting prospect. Unless, of course, you're moving into a freezer, not literally. If you're buying a property in winter, its essential that you make sure everything is warm as can be from the get go.

Real Estate Agents NZ
  • 12 June, 2019
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Settling into a New Home in Winter: Keeping it Warm. 

Once you've settle on a property and are moving in, what steps do you need to take to save some money during the chiilier months? 

The first thing to check is your hot water. Hot water heating makes up most of you home power bill. 

  • Check your tap and shower slows, Enusre you aren't letting money flow down the drain. 
  • Set the your hot water cylindar at 60 degrees celsius and the tap at no hotter than 55 degrees celsius. It shoud be hot enough to prevent Legionella bacteria growing, but not so hot that it scalds you when you simply want to freshen up with a shower. This also prevents water bils from escalating during the winter months. 
  • Important but one everyone forgets, take a shorter shower it will make a difference because shorter showers means long term savings for utilities. 

Look to upgrade your curtain. 

  • Whether or not the property will come with curtains will depend on the terms of the contrat of sale, so have a look over this first. 
  • Invest in thermal backed curtains: thermal curtains have an acrylic coating that ensures your home says toasty during winter. They are versatile so also keep the house cool during summer. 
  • Make sure that these curtains are appropriately fitted to the window frame. 

Thought about instaling insulation

  • A well insulated homecan prevent damp air from entering your home and therefore making it warmer. 

Prevent Drafts 

  • Fill in the gaps & cracks: Gaps in windows and doors can account for 15-20% heat loss in your  home. Seal up any gaps or cracks in walls & reinstall weather stripping. 
  • Invest in double glazed windows: About 40% of heat energy escapes via the windows, so try to upgrade to double glazed windows. 

 

 

LJ Hooker NZ

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