We’re still the best part of a month from the end of autumn but the weather has already taken a decidedly wintry turn in some parts of the country.
Many New Zealanders woke to the first real frost of the year last week, with the mercury dipping as low as -6 degrees Celsius in the deep south.
If the cold snap had you breaking out in an equally cold sweat at the thought of your ballooning power bill, here are a few simple ways to keep your home cosy for less this winter.
DIY double glazing
In other (arguably more sensible) parts of the world, double and even triple glazed windows are the norm. But for many New Zealanders living in older homes, single glazing is the chilly, damp and generally miserable reality.
While retrofit double glazing – where a second pane of glass is installed over the existing pane – is a thing, it’s an expensive thing. Retrofitting all the windows in an average home can cost upwards of $10,000.