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Keeping your home warm & dry

Kia mau tonu te whakamahana me te whakamaroke o tōu kāinga

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Keeping warmA cold or damp house can affect your health. To help prevent this, you might be able to get significant subsidies for insulation and heating. All homes built or insulated before 2008 would probably benefit from at least a top-up of insulation.

Contact the Community Energy Action (CEA) Charitable Trust by phoning 0800‑GETWARM to discuss your options. Even if you don't qualify for subsidies, CEA can help you with insulation, heating, ventilation, curtains and advice.

Insulation assessments and advice over the phone and by email are free.

If you live in a rental property or you're a landlord, you should be aware of the new Healthy Homes Standard. These are standards that have been set by the government to make sure everyone in New Zealand can live in a healthy warm home.

Tips to help you keep your home as warm and dry as possible this winter

Get rid of dampness and stop heat escaping

Get good winter curtains

Spread your power bill

Other tips

Rheumatic fever is a serious illness that can be prevented by keeping your home warm and dry, and preventing the spread of germs. The following series of videos from the Ministry of Health give tips to help do this. There are nine short videos and they'll automatically play in sequence.

There are also English and te reo, English and Tongan, and English and Samoan versions of the videos.

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Information provided by the Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed January 2020.

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Winter wellness

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