How can I make my home smarter?
Reading the information on this website is a great start but there are also places to go to assess your home and get advice.
Making your home a smart home may seem a big task. Gathering information and understanding all the elements that make a home smart is the first step.
Thatís where the Smarter Homes website can help. It gives you an overview of how you can have a home that is warmer, drier, healthier, more affordable and kinder to the environment.
There is information about everything from insulating to energy efficiency to water conservation to healthy construction materials. In a smart home each of these elements contributes to healthier, comfortable, affordable and smarter living.
And it is not just about installing expensive new technology. Your behaviour, your habits and the things you do in your home, affect how much water and energy you use, and how damp or cold your home is inside. The good news is that these things are easy and generally inexpensive to change. So Smarter Homes also gives you tips on low cost actions you can take.
How smart is your home?
Before you finalise designs or begin renovations, it is a good idea to find out how smart your home currently is.
HomestarTM is a rating tool, designed for New Zealand homes, which will assess how well your home performs and give you a star rating. You can choose to do it yourself online, engage a Homestar Homecoach to assist you complete the online assessment or have a certified assessment done by an expert.
Not only will you get a rating for your home, HomestarTM also offers advice on how to make it smarter t can often be difficult to decide what choices to make to get the best result for your home. Thatís why Homestar provides a plan of the steps to take to get the best result and avoid the common trap of spending ad hoc without getting the results you want. You can prioritise the plan to suit your circumstances and work through it toward a smarter home.
Find out more at the HomestarTM website.
Getting free advice
Eco Design Advisors are a free service offered by some councils. These experts will come out to your house or review your design and make suggestions on how to make it smarter.
Eco Design Advisors will provide independent advice on improving your homeís warmth, energy and water use, and material selection.
The service is available to both homeowners and building professionals working on home building or renovation projects.
Check the Eco Design Advisor website or your local council website to find out if the service is offered by your local council.