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and Bathroom Supply
3 Bond Place, Invercargill
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TACTIC PANEL HEATER
PlaceMakers Te Anau, 116 Sandy Brown Rd.
Free Phone 0800 805 506 Phone 03 249 7774
1.5 kw $195.00
2 kw $209.00
SUPPLIERS AND INSTALLERS
OF SHOWER DOME
44 Leet Street, Invercargill
Phone: 03 218 8115 Free phone: 0800 466 375
Retro Fit - Double Glazing
We can install double glazing in your existing windows
and cooling costs
Browns Road, PO Box 31, Winton 9741. Tel: 0800 484 622
Supporting You in Your Efforts for a Healthy Home
Pomeroy Construction Ltd
Phone 03 4183543 | Mobile 0276777236. Office at 161 Kakapuaka Road, Balclutha
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How healthy is your home?
Nearly a million New Zealand homes are still underperforming in terms of health and comfort It’s affecting families, leaving them
vulnerable to illness and costing us money in terms of high energy bills. But the good news is that there are simple, practical things
homeowners can do to improve the health of their home.
Homestar – the government and industry-backed rating tool for New Zealand homes – offers a free on-line test where Kiwis can
check the health of their home and receive an action plan for how to make improvements that will make their homes warmer,
healthier, more comfortable and cost-efficient.
The test, which has 52 base questions and takes about 15 to 30 minutes to complete, covers areas including insulation, heating,
water-use, waste management, ventilation and other features that are important to healthy, warm, comfortable and efficient homes.
It then calculates a rating from one to 10 stars based on these factors as well as creating a Recommendations Report, suggesting
practical, cost-effective improvements specific to each individual home.
Homestar director, Krista Ferguson, said one of the key reasons Homestar was created was to provide practical guidance to help Kiwis
create healthier, more comfortable living spaces that ultimately provide a cost benefit both in the short and long term.
She refers to a study by Prof. Howden-Chapman of Otago University that showed that home insulation could provide a health benefit
cost return ratio of 2 to 1.
“ This study showed that for every dollar spent on insulating old, cold houses, there is close to a two dollar benefit in terms of health
saving from not ending up in hospital, or in less time off work or school,” Ms Ferguson said.
“ The fact is poorly performing homes cost more to run, are less comfortable to live in and end up costing us all through poor health
and lost productivity. However, the savings that you will get when you put the Homestar recommendations into practice will be
tangible and add to the health and value of your home.”
Following a recent nationwide promotion, more than 11,000 homes had now been assessed through the online initiative. The
majority of these test rated at 4-stars or less but she said the increasing interest from homeowners in improving their home’s health
was likely to see the average rating move upwards in future as the building industry responds to consumer demand.
“If overseas trends are to be believed, homeowners and potential buyers are willing to pay a premium for higher rating homes of 5
percent or more, so the building industry should take notice.”
For more information on Homestar, or to take the Home Health Check test, visit www.homestar.org.nz.
WIN a Showerdome for your home
Over the past seven years around 50,000 Showerdomes have been retro-fitted into New Zealand homes – and customers have
reported greater energy and maintenance savings as well as health benefits.
A New Zealand invention, Showerdome is a clear acrylic dome, when fitted onto the top of a shower prevents steam from forming.
Steam only forms when warm moist air from the shower collides with cold air outside the shower. This means that with a Showerdome,
the shower and bathroom are completely steam free.
We have a chance for one lucky Fiordland Advocate reader to join the legion of Showerdome fans. To go in the draw to win a
Showerdome and installation valued at more than $400, simply send us your name, address and telephone number to email win@
fiordlandadvocate.co.nz with “Showerdome” in the subject line or post to Fiordland Advocate P O Box 251, Te Anau 9640. Entries
close on May 21st.
Showerdome saves energy and maintenance costs
Extended research conducted by a leading New Zealand University has shown that a Showerdome, when used correctly, may pay
for itself within two years.
Independently tested by the University of Waikato in January and August of 2011 to equate for summer and winter seasons,
Showerdome proved successful at lowering humidity and sustaining air temperature in the bathroom. This greatly reduced
dampness, as no steam was created in the shower cubicle.
University of Waikato Professor, Dr James Carson, said the results highlighted the short term and long term monetary benefit of
owning a Showerdome.
“Depending on the consumer’s use of electric heaters to preheat or dry out a bathroom, plus their use of heated towel rails, the
Showerdome could save a consumer in the region of hundreds of dollars per year. Indirect savings due to reduced maintenance and
healthcare costs may also result from the installation of a Showerdome,” Dr Carson said.
According to estimates within the Waikato University research paper, heating a bathroom for half an hour per day with a 2.4kw electric
heater would cost around $100 per annum, while using a 0.15kw heated towel rail for 12 hours per day would cost around $156 p.a.
Showerdome also renders mirror demisters and ceiling fans redundant. Combining all of these factors, an installed Showerdome may
save home-owners around $250 per year in energy costs alone.
For more information visit www.showerdome.co.nz
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