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CEA’s top tip series: How to save energy & keep warm

Curtains are invaluable to helping keep your home warm

Today we are looking at how effective curtains can be, particularly when improving the warmth and comfort of your home. Did you know that an uninsulated home, with no curtains loses up to 30% of heat through single paned windows?

A simple way to fix this is by installing thick curtains that reach at least over the window sill, with if possible, enclosed curtain tracks (or pelmets) to keep the heat in.

CEA’s Curtain Bank provides free, good quality recycled lined curtains to homes in need. Volunteers at the Curtain Bank sew them to fit the specific size of your windows, and can deliver them to you if you are unable to travel to pick them up (Conditions apply).

Enclosed curtain tracks significantly increase the effectiveness of curtains in the home. However if you cannot afford to replace your existing curtain rails, there is a more affordable DIY alternative; block the gap between your curtain rail and the wall with cardboard, plywood, corflute, even a rolled up towel.

For more energy tips and advice call CEA’s free Energy Advice Service on 0800 GET WARM or visit www.cea.co.nz.

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.

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