Awaura Synergy - Warming and eco-powering our deep south Awaura Synergy - Warming and eco-powering our deep south

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Energising your business for the future

Rest Homes

Rest Homes

We’re experts in helping rest homes provide the most comfortable, livable environments for their residents, at the same time as minimising power costs. Our great range of lighting, insulation, heating and power generation products capitalise on advances in technology and materials, giving our rest home clients direct access to the solutions that best fit the challenging climate of the Deep South.

Our specialists help Southland’s rest home owners and managers explore energy-efficient ways to warm and brighten facilities, ensuring the health, happiness and wellbeing of residents is a priority. When you work with Awarua Synergy, we’ll help you create living spaces that are warm and comfortable, at the same time as finding ways to minimise costs and maximising energy efficiencies.

Improve conditions for your residents, AND save money – chat to your expert team at Awarua Synergy on 0800 WARM SOUTH for a FREE, unconditional rest home energy health check!

Call your expert team at Awarua Synergy on
0800 WARM SOUTH for a FREE, unconditional assessment.

Energy Tip:

Wrapping how water cylinders and lagging pipes can help reduce electricity costs of heating hot water

Did you know:

Drying clothes inside creates 5 litres of moisture per day

Did you know:

Insulation makes your home warmer, drier and healthier….and it lasts for generations

Did you know:

Cold damp homes mean more Asthma

Energy Tip:

Consider window security stays so the house can be ventilated when not at home

Energy Tip:

If you’re going away on holiday, turn off you hot water cylinder and any standby appliances, even if its just for a short time, it will save energy and money.

Energy Tip:

Check hot water temperature, make sure it’s at 55 degrees at the tap (60 degrees at the Hot Water Cylinder)

Energy Tip:

Curtains are your windows insulation. Three layers are best and make sure that they hang below the window or to the floor.

Energy Tip:

Consider efficient heating, such as heat pumps, wood burners, wetbacks

Energy Tip:

Use kitchen extractors when cooking or use pot lids, extractors for bathroom must run 20 minutes after your shower to remove moisture

Energy Tip:

Draught proofing or sealing up draught’s can reduce heat lost, check doors, windows, cat doors and unused chimneys

Did you know:

The current average rate of increase in electricity prices is 8.5%

Energy Tip:

Cross ventilating by opening two windows in a room can help exchange fresh air faster, if there is fog outside wait until the fog has lifted to prevent extra moisture entering the home

Energy Tip:

Opening windows for 20 minutes per day to ventilate will help get rid of trapped moisture and stale air, making your home easier to heat

Energy Tip:

A reminder to organise your firewood during summer ready for next winter, to ensure its nice and dry, ready for burning

Did you know:

Hot water heating is 38% of household energy use

Did you know:

Un-flued gas heaters create 1 litre of moisture per hour

Did you know:

NZ homes are expensive to run, we spent approx $250m on inadequate heating

Energy Tip:

Run heat pump in “Heat” mode not in Auto, if you going out switch off, clean filters regular, get professional to do internal clean every 2 years.

Did you know:

Insulation Government study (Motu report) shows 5 to 1 benefit from investment, primarily in terms of health outcomes and reduced hospital admissions

Did you know:

Warmer drier homes = fewer hospital admissions

Did you know:

Every $1 spent on insulation equates to a $4 return on investment

Energy Tip:

When opening curtains ensure they are pulled back or tied back as far as possible, any window not exposed to the free solar gain of the sun, decreases free heating your home can use.

Energy Tip:

Don’t dry cloth inside, each load will release 5-6 litres of water vapour, damp air is harder and more expensive to heat

Energy Tip:

On average heating is the largest energy use in the home, in colder parts of NZ can account for 40% or more, so ensure you have the correct heating source and size

Energy Tip:

Don’t fill your kettle right up every time – just boil the amount of water you need

Energy Tip:

Close of unused rooms so that you are not wasting energy heating them

Did you know:

Opening windows 20 minutes per day exchanges air making home easier to heat

Energy Tip:

If your shower fills a 10 litre bucket in less than a minute, fit a shower flow restrictor to cut hot water costs significantly.

Energy Tip:

Net curtains prevent free solar gain from the sun to heat your home, only use if necessary

Energy Tip:

If you have mould growing inside your house clean it with white vinegar as this kills it and then try and ventilate daily by opening windows

Energy Tip:

Choose the right sized externally vented extractor fan for the job, a fan to small wont remove moist air and a fan too large can create draughts, ensure you have automatic controls, such as a timer which runs for 20 minutes after it is turned off.

Did you know:

NZ has one of the highest rates of asthma in the OEDC that's 1 in 4 children, costing us about $4 billion per year

Energy Tip:

Make sure insulation is installed correctly as the performance can drop.

Energy Tip:

Un-flued portable gas heaters can cause a huge amount of moisture and toxic fumes in the air, leading to moisture problems resulting in mould issues

Did you know:

At 3% inflation, household energy bills are set to double again in the next 20 years

Did you know:

Space heating is 36% of household energy use

Energy Tip:

Open curtains during the day to allow the sun to heat your home and then close them just before sunset

Did you know:

Cold homes contribute to 1600 extra deaths in NZ per year

Energy Tip:

Ensure oven, fridge and freezer seals are tight and don’t have any air gaps, to test them place a piece of paper in the appliance door and close, if the paper falls out consider replacing seals to stop the energy leaks.

Did you know:

Cleaning mould with white vinegar kills it

Energy Tip:

Open windows on opposite side of house to create cross ventilation

Did you know:

Damp air causes respiratory problems

Energy Tip:

Place beds on internal walls away from windows, especially new born babies, young children or anyone with respiratory conditions.

Did you know:

Insulating a home is an investment for future generations who live in the house

Did you know:

Recommended temperature for bedrooms should be 16-18 degrees

Did you know:

Damp air is harder to heat

Did you know:

Recommended temperature for utility or laundry rooms should be 14-16 degrees

Energy Tip:

Limit in door plants to prevent moisture

Energy Tip:

Insulation reduces heat loss, did you know indoor temperatures below 16 degrees affects respiratory function in vulnerable people and temperatures below 12 degrees affect heart function

Energy Tip:

Don’t add unnecessary moisture

Energy Tip:

When cooking ensure other parts of the house are closed, if doors are left open the warm moist

Did you know:

Recommended temperature for living rooms should be 18-22 degrees