Drapes needed now
Winter preparations are already on the minds of some.
Vision West is calling for donations to its curtain bank in the lead up to next year's winter.
The organisation offers the only curtain bank in Auckland which provides second-hand curtains to those who struggle to insulate their homes.
Rachel Clements knows all too well the difference curtains can make in a cold home. She received her curtains after learning about the curtain bank in June this year.
The Sunnyvale resident says the health problems plaguing her children are lessening thanks to the extra insulation.
"Curtains are ridiculously expensive and they really are a necessity.
"When Cohen was born we had problems with croup and bronchiolitis and Rylie has asthma. Having a cold, damp house doesn't help but these curtains have helped and my kids haven't been as sick."
Vison West's community services manager Andrea Galecki says the goal is to expand the curtain bank out into the community.
"We've started setting up satellite curtain banks across West Auckland so we can get out and meet the need more.
"We're looking to stock up in time for next winter while people might be changing things around their homes now."
The curtain bank has been running since 2011.
Donations of curtains, material or curtain rails and hooks can be dropped to Vision West, building 11, 97 Glendale Rd, Glen Eden or call 818 0708.