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A winter-ready home

How to create an energy efficient, winter-ready home


As the cold weather sets in, it's time to make your home more comfortable and a pleasure to come home to this winter.

We have some handy pointers on how to get your place winter-ready and improve its energy efficiency, along with expert tips from electrician Liam Ronald of Auckland company Refined Electrical ➚.

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Light it

Use lighting to make your home a welcoming beacon in the winter darkness and improve safety inside and out.

  • Light up the driveway and entranceway with outdoor lighting controlled by motion sensors or timers, or activate it remotely.
  • Use sunset switches on garden lights to activate at dusk and switch off at dawn.
  • Add motion sensor security lighting around your property for extra peace of mind.
  • Consider ambient sensor lighting indoors for stairwells or hallways, or a Night Walk sensor light for children’s bedrooms.
  • Use long-life low energy LED downlights for instant energy saving.
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Check it

Your home’s switchboard is under added pressure over winter and Liam recommends an annual switchboard check.

“It’s always good to have a general safety check at least once a year, especially in an older home,” he says. “Over winter you're home more, you're going to be using heaters and other appliances that draw a lot more current. People in older houses may have a switchboard with things that are already a bit unsafe, then when its drawing more current you are increasing the risk of further damage and potential of fire."

  • Include sockets in the check, particularly any that are damaged or loose.
  • Talk to your electrician about installing AFDDs (Arc Fault Detection Devices) as these detect arc faults, which are one of the most common causes of electrical fires.
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