It’s shocking. But there are easy solutions that can significantly improve the comfort and health of a home.
The main one is insulation.
We’ve known for decades how good thermal protection in ceilings, walls and under floors can transform a home overnight and vastly improve quality of life – particularly for children.
However, while there have been a few big pushes for insulation over the years, there are still an estimated 600,000 homes in New Zealand with little or no insulation.
In considering insulation options, we need to be realistic. Insulation doesn’t automatically lead to lower power bills.
However, although you might be spending a similar amount for heating, you will be warmer and healthier. The payback comes on the health front.
It’s not just the right thing to do; it also makes good sense economically.
Studies indicate that every dollar spent on insulation delivers $NZ4 of health benefits from fewer hospital visits and medicine costs.
I’m a banker and a dad so to me, this makes sense on every level.