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Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 5:00pm

With summer still a few months away and that chilly winter air still hanging in there, it's important to make sure that you are making the most out of your home's warmth. I mean, nobody wants to be paying those high winter power bills all through spring as well! So with spring signifying a new start, Signature Homes is here to provide you with seven helpful home heating tips to help you make a new start toward keeping your home warm and your power bills down.

HEAVY CURTAINS ARE YOUR BEST FRIENDS

Did you know that up to 40% of your home's precious heat can escape through uncovered windows in winter? That's almost half of your home's heat literally going out the window. By investing in heavy curtains, that extend below the window frame, you are helping insulate your windows, preventing the warmth from escaping.

INVEST IN INSULATION

By installing insulation, or even just topping up old and thinning insulation, you can save your home from using up to 45% less energy towards heating and cooling, dramatically reducing your power bills. New and improved insulation basically pays for itself.

SEAL AND HEAL

Random gaps and cracks around your home can account for 15-25% of the heat loss in your home. To keep your heat from creeping out through any cracks or gaps, you can seal them up using cheap materials from the local hardware store. A bit of weather stripping around doors and windows, a touch of gap filler for cracks in the walls and even the basic door snake for the foot of the door, all three of these will see heat retained more effectively in your home.

KEEP AN EYE ON THE DIAL

For most people, a comfortable room temperature is around 20C in winter, so any extra heat is simply wasting your energy. If your heater doesn't have a programmable thermostat, simply place a thermometer in your home so you can keep an eye on the temperature.

IF IT'S NOT IN USE, CLOSE IT OFF

Why bother heating up an empty room? To keep the heat exclusively in the room that you are using, keep any doors to unused rooms closed shut. This let's you control and retain the heat in areas where you want it. EMBRACE THE SUNSHINE Make the most of the sun's UV rays. Ultraviolet radiation passes easily through glass, but once it hits an object it becomes infrared radiation, which doesn't pass back through glass as easily, thus heating your room up. In order to make the most of all this free energy, you should leave your blinds and curtains open during the day. Especially on north or west facing windows, which tend to enjoy the most sunshine.

KEEP YOURSELF WARM

It's much easier to keep yourself warm, rather than heating up an entire house. You can save heaps on heating and power bills, simply by putting on a cosy jumper or some warm socks.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 11:30am
On Friday the 14th August, a Signature Homes team will be racing up the Sky Tower (yes all 51 floors or 1103 stairs) to raise vital funds and awareness for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC). Every day 6 children and adults in New Zealand are diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. LBC is the national charity dedicated to supporting patients and their families, this support that can last months or even years. LBC receives no government funding, so please sponsor us and help support this great cause!
 
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 4:00pm
We are proud to announce that our Signature Homes Team have raised $9,363.00 in the Sky Tower Stair Challenge, which supports Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand​!
 
On Friday the 14th August, Our Signature Team raced up the Sky Tower​ (1,103 stairs, 51 floors) to raise fund & awareness for Leukemia & Blood Cancer. Our Franchise Partner Craig Dackers from Signature Homes Northland collected $5,010.00, which placed him 2nd overall for his individual fundraising!
 
Congratulations for the effort and Thank you all for your support on this great cause.
Friday, February 13, 2015 - 9:15am

We were taking a picture of one of our homes last night when something decided to pass by…

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 2:00pm

The way we build homes now is a lot different than it was 30 years ago. For example, the following items don’t always come as standard in older homes, and are often a problem to fit retrospectively:

  • Security systems
  • Double glazing
  • Tap mixers
  • InSinkErators
  • Energy efficient appliances
  • A dishwasher, and/or space for a dishwasher
  • Indoor-outdoor flow
  • A floor plan that takes into account the position of north
  • Aluminium door and window joinery, which is more durable and keeps warmth in
  • Security window stays
  • Multiple power points per room
  • Bathroom extractor fans, which help keep mould out of the bathroom
  • Multiple telephone jacks
  • Hard-wired smoke detectors
  • Garage door openers with remote control
  • Internal access garages
  • Open plan living areas