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Yikes! The cold snap has definitely kicked in! We’ve had a good dose of wet and wild weather – and with many more weeks of winter weather on the horizon, the chance of more storms is pretty high. With this in mind you need to be prepared.

Wild weather can cause power and hot water outages, so at this time of year it pays to be proactive. It’s a good idea to:

  • Make sure you keep your phone (and any other electronics you need) well charged
  • Keep some torches or candles on hand
  • Find a thermos or two to keep boiled water hot
If strong winds and heavy rain is forecast there are a few things you can do to help minimise any damage:
  • Secure or move your outdoor furniture inside
  • Unplug all major appliances and any appliances that might be affected by electrical power surges
  • Cover windows with curtains or drapes to prevent injury from shattered or flying glass
  • Do not attempt to repair any damage until it is safe to do so
  • If there is water in your light fittings, turn your lights off and call an electrician immediately
  • Put a tarpaulin over any areas where the roof is leaking, if it’s safe to do so
  • If the floors are wet, prevent staining by lifting your furniture off the floor
  • Keep your damaged items if you can or take photos – this is useful to confirm what needs replacing

Need to make a claim?

Trees or trampolines falling through buildings, damage to roofs, windows and fences, flooding and lifted roof tiles leaving holes and water damage to ceilings… These are just some of the common claims that come in at this time of year. Of course that’s just the tip of the iceberg in many cases broken outdoor furniture, uprooted trees, broken pots and smashed up cars can be claimed on too.

If you suffer any type of weather-related damage make sure you let us know. There is no rush to make a claim, but the sooner you let us know the sooner we can help you out. Of course if you need emergency repairs, such as fixing a hole in the roof or replacing smashed window panes, you’ll need to get in touch pretty swiftly. We’ve had plenty of experience handling these weather-related claims so we know how to get it quickly sorted.

Is your power bill freaking you out?

In recent years annual power bill for New Zealand homes has increased by significantly (it jumped by $243 in just three years) – and this increase is showing no signs of slowing.

We all know that it's during the cold winter months that our power bills start to pack a real punch. On average, heating alone contributes to one third of power costs.

If you want to cut the cost of heating your home a heat pump is a great option. A heat pump will cost you 6.5c for every unit of heat produced, compared to an electric heater's 21c. Every hour, a heat pump costs about 10c less to run than a fan heater and generates more heat. Holding on to the heat you generate with well-sealed windows is also important. This is as easy as picking up some door seal tape from your local hardware store.