During the long winters the ‘Kiwi lifestyle’ becomes one of keeping warm and struggling to pay heating bills.
Here’s a thread from the Trademe forum, in which people from around the country talk about the cold weather. The first entry is dated 27 June 2010.
We’ll be watching ‘cold weather’ threads over the coming months to see just how severe NZ winters are and how long they go on for. Immigrants often find winters intolerable in NZ because so few homes are properly insulated and fully heated, Kiwis tend to just heat the main living area because of the expense but will sometimes put expensive oil heaters in children’s bedrooms to take some of the chill off.
Heating, where it exists, is mostly polluting solid fuel (coal and wood) portable gas heaters and electric heating:.
- OT…..brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr its cold… how bout you? *last 3 days we have had the most awesomest frosts… total whiteouts…. and the clearest bluest days……. but boy is it cold at night… shiver shiver shake..HOWS YOUR WEATHER BEEN???? as always deep down south its totally gorgeous…. ( jealous??P)
- Hamilton here, so rather foggy in the mornings with the occasional frost & white grass!! Rather bitterly cold from anything from midday onwards lol… the odd day being 24/7 bitterly cold… We rely solely on a portable gas heater & I make the 9kg bottle last TWO weeks, going on low each night only…. definately NOT freezing, but definately not so hot that I can take layers off LOL the PJs & dressing gown is THE most warmest thing to wear in the entire wardrobe… hahaha. Oh and I almost forgot the trustworthy electric blanket!! I would be lost without mine!! (or dying of hyperthermia) LOL…/
- ChCh has been revolting for weeks. Pellet fire going 24/7 & even when the sun makes a rare visit it’s still yuk. Feel sorry for everyone further south.
- Dunedin here – it’s about 5deg at present. We’ve had some cold mornings but glorious days lately. It’s when the wind comes up as well that it is unpleasant. We’ve survived the weekend with no gas (heater and stove top) because of an order error by the company. Great what you can do with a wall oven and microwave – and takeaways.
- Taranaki here – mountain in glorious white splendour top to base – but oohhh sooo cold! Heading for a gorgeous day, I hope
- Still is yuck weather in Christchurch – I hate that fine drizzle that can soak without you realising & that knife-like cutting wind. Brrrrrrr! Got my trusty heater on. Power bills are getting up to $300 again for a month. Gotta find a way to cut that down a bit without getting too cold. We had carpet cleaned twice last month (the first did not get some of the stains out!) on the wettest weeks you can get, so had a dehumidifier constantly going to help dry it out. I was gutted when we had to have it done again! That would not have helped! I am using a laptop in the lounge now, so only heating that room, and about once or twice a week in the back bedroom, use a convection heater on low to chase the chill away & ward off the damp. Right now I’m having difficulty feeling my toes.
- Not to bad here in the Manawatu, fire going well.
- After another wet weekend the sun is trying to show..on new last nite(sun) alexander had a high of 0..now thats cold
- last mths power bill was $357..but then im running 2 dehumidifiers and 2 oil heaters in kids rms at night..about same as last winter
- Ouch. You should chase up that govt subsidy and get your place better insulated (I’m guessing its not particularly much) and a heat pump.
- Anyone using gas bottles for heaters, fill them up before Thursday, as LPG is going up $1 a litre on 1st July. That will make it about $39.00 to fill up! A tip from my friendly Service Station, mustn’t forget to do that myself, as I cook on gas.