Climate change is already having an impact around the world. In Port Phillip we can expect extreme heat events, flooding, coastal storm surges and drought to impact us. Where you live, the type of home you live in, and your personal circumstances all play a part in how a storm, flood or heatwave may impact you. Understanding the risks to your property and yourself will help you prepare better.
Here are ways you can prepare your home for extreme weather events.
Get your home ready for heat
Sustainability Victoria has good information to preparing your home for a changing climate.
Here are some things to think about:
- Insulation: protect your house from the elements and spend less on cooling
- Draught proofing: Seal up gaps and cracks to minimise heat entering your home
- Windows: consider curtains, glazing treatments, coverings and more
- Ventilation: keep the cool air in and flush the warm air out
- Landscaping: position plants and trees to provide shading in summer. Tall, deciduous canopy trees provide shade to north windows while still allowing the lower winter sun through. Smaller, deciduous shrubs are useful for shading east and west windows and walls. Deciduous creepers over a north-facing pergola will provide shade for windows and walls.
Check your insurance
- being up to date on your insurance policy and knowing what you are covered for before extreme weather events is the best way to protect your assets and family for the future. If you’re in a flood prone area, talk to your insurer about what type of flooding your policy covers.
- the Australian Government’s MoneySmart website explains what to look for in insurance products so you can find the right policy for your needs.