Dear myHomestar member,

This month, renovation is the name of the game. We're featuring a worn-out 1960s home that's being transformed into an ultra-sustainable 9 Homestar Design home – and TV3's The Block is incorporating Homestar into this season's reno challenge! And if you've been feeling the cold, we have some great advice on choosing the best heating products for every room of your home.

Finally, if you haven't already seen it, our free Healthy Home Guide is also full of ideas to make your home warmer, cheaper to run, and better for the environment. Pick your project and get planning...

Warmest winter wishes,
The Homestar team
Transforming a 1960s "do-up"
Years of neglect had left this Greenhithe home in quite a state... but a sustainable renovation has seen the home jump from a 2 Homestar to a 9 Homestar Design rating. Want to know how they did it? The project blog has plenty of practical information about how to get a great Homestar rating.
Homestar is on The Block!
Are the DIY-lovers in your house glued to The Block? You may have noticed Homestar being mentioned – all this year's homes will get a Homestar rating at the end of the build. Follow the show on TV3 to see how the teams are making their homes more sustainable.

Winter warmers
No, not hearty stews or mulled wine, though we like the sound of them too – but heaters. Which will work most efficiently for each room of your home and keep you comfy? Check out your options thanks to this EECA guide. (And remember, avoid open fires and unflued gas heaters!) Photo: Shutterstock 

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