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CEA’s energy saving tip: Rising damp

Does your home feel damp?

Moisture rising from damp soil beneath homes is a common problem in Canterbury region, making homes harder and more expensive to heat. Dampness can also cause problems with mould, a common trigger for asthma. You can install a polythene vapour barrier on the ground beneath your home to prevent damp rising. Households that qualify for free insulation can also have damp proofing installed for free (conditions apply) see our website.

You can also reduce dampness inside your home by keeping kitchen, laundry and bathroom doors closed, and using extractor fans to draw out moisture while cooking, bathing or washing.

About Community Energy Action

Community Energy Action
Community Energy Action is a charitable trust committed to helping make warm, dry, energy efficient homes throughout Canterbury. Their services include insulation (subsidies available), heating, free, recycled curtains, free independent energy advice, and affordable energy efficiency tools. For more energy tips and advice call CEA’s free Energy Advice Service on 0800 GET WARM or visit www.cea.co.nz.