I began my live lightly journey to improve my health and explore the cost benefits of an energy efficient home. I knew I needed to make a change because factors such as damp and mould in my living environment were aggravating my asthma and I was suffering from annual chest infections.
I started out by thinking about what changes I could make that were in my control and would have a direct impact on helping me. I also felt a sense of responsibility to care for the planet and really wanted to leave a liveable house for future generations to thrive in.
After doing some research online I started making changes to improve my home including solar panels and battery and some double glazing. I wanted to know what else I could do to improve my home and came across an Auckland Council Home Performance Advisor and scheduled a free home assessment to see what other improvements I could make. After they assessed my home, they offered advice that was personalised to my situation and recommended some simple low-cost actions that were important to get right including fixing gaps in my underfloor insulation, installing a groundsheet, and putting insulation around the hot water pipes. After making these improvements my power bill has reduced by 20% and I no longer get chest infections – my home is warm, dry, comfortable, and easy to heat.
Although there are some upfront costs that I needed to prioritise, the energy efficient decisions I have actioned are having a huge impact on my health, the environment, and my monthly expenses. I am feeling so much healthier and love that I am contributing to the climate challenge by doing my part.
I would encourage everyone to start making changes, one at a time, and I know you will be motivated to continue improving your homes performance once you see the results.
I recommend doing your own research – there are some great resources to explore: