Homeowner Manual: get the best from your home

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As a homeowner, you have a lot of influence over how well your home performs.

Partly it is because 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. For that reason, this Homeowner Manual includes top tips for using your home.

You also make choices which affect your home’s performance. What sort of heating to use? What to spend your money on when you renovate? Is a new kitchen bench more important than under-floor insulation? It can be difficult to decide what choices to make to get the best result for your home.

The Homeowner Manual aims to give you the information on what renovations to undertake. We believe that having an overall plan for improving your home’s performance will get the best result and avoid the common trap of spending ad hoc without getting the results you want. 

The Homeowner Manual includes advice and information on:

  • The simple steps you can take to keep heat inside your home
  • A comparison of different heaters - what is right for you?
  • How to save (both energy and water) with an efficient water heater
  • Getting rid of dampness
  • Keeping cool in summer
  • Using less energy (appliances, lighting, tips)
  • Using less water (appliances, tapware, tips)
  • Making the most of free water
  • Maintenance and why it is important
  • And much more!

  • 29-Jun-2010 (Publication HR2420/14)

    Making Your Home HomeSmart: A Homeowner Manual (PDF 2.5MB)

    Lois Easton

    The Homeowner Manual pulls together information and advice for homeowners on how to get the best performance from their home.  It covers both renovating for improved performance and simple but effective changes to how homeowners use their home.


Homeowner Manual