On insulation and warmth and health

I haven't got time to blog at the moment - though I would have things to say, if I did - but I will take a couple of minutes to share two interesting interviews from Radio New Zealand.

Should heating your house be on prescription?
www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201835983/should-heating-your-house-be-on-prescription

Health benefits of insulation massive - study
www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201836134/health-benefits-of-insulation-'massive'

Both interviews have to do with houses' heating and insulation. 

First is a study in UK which compiled four decades worth of data and discovered that from a purely financial perspective, it would make sense to "prescribe" people heating - because if people live in cold, damp homes then over long run it actually costs more to deal with their health problems that arise from cold homes, than it does to heat homes to begin with.

Another is a study from New Zealand which looks at the benefits an insulating programme has had. It's shown that from an energy consumption perspective, the benefits are negligible - people still use about the same amount of power to heat their homes. However! They become so much more healthy that, like the UK study, the cost benefits are about 1 to 6 - for every $1 spent on insulation there is about a $6 saving in healthcare costs and loss of productivity.

Which is something I am thinking about at the moment, because I am dealing with quotes from various service providers on deciding what sort of insulation we are going to put into this house, and what heat pump.

The priorities at the moment: get the house dry and warm (without going bankrupt), fix leaking gutters, fix leaking taps.

Alright, off I go. I need to go find where the water cutoff pipes are buried somewhere under our front lawn :)

PS. Thank you everyone for your well-wishes! It really is an exciting time for us!

1 comment:

  1. On the insulation side, we looked at that and got it done before last winter as ours had compressed to the point of uselessness. We looked at fibreglass, polyester and wool. In the end we went with wool, it was more expensive, but I know wool and its properties. I love that it doesn't compress without heat and agitation and moisture which it won't get as insulation. I also love that it's flame retardent and will stop burning if the source of the flame is removed. I also love how it will compost if put in that situation too.
    We didn't want fibreglass again, we know that compresses and will need replacing again in the future. Polyester would probably have been a good second choice, but it's flame retardent due to chemicals applied to it, that doesn't strike me as a good thing seeing as we're trying to reduce the chemicals we're exposed to.

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