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Positive Charge is pleased to announce that we now have a carefully selected supplier for draught proofing and insulation. If you would like to hear from them directly to see how you can save money on your heating and cooling costs and improve the comfort inside your home sign up here.

For general advice draught proofing and insulation visit our advice pages.

Draught proofing

One of the simplest and most effective actions you can take to keep your home warmer in winter is to block all the draughts in your house to keep the outside air out! Gaps in your home can account for 15-25% of winter heating loss, so it is definitely worth addressing them!

There are some obvious gaps that can be blocked with some simple DIY work.

Here are some examples of where draughts might be coming in to your home:

  • Around windows and doors – anywhere that you can see light coming through from outside! There are many products on the market to help with sealing up these types of gaps or you can have a professional installer come and install some heavier duty ones, which might last longer and ensure that your doors and windows remain easy to close
  • Evaporative cooling ducts – you can purchase specifically designed covers or simply clean the vent and then cover it (clear plastic contact works well) then you can remove the cover when you want to use the air conditioning again
  • Gaps around plumbing can also be a problem and if you’re up for it you can simply fill these with caulking and a caulking gun
  • Through exhaust fans - there are some exhaust fans that have closing blades, so that there is not a gap in your ceiling when the fan is switched off. You can also buy a product called a Draft Stoppa, which simply sits on top of the fan in your ceiling space.

For more on how that works you can view this video

Weatherboard Homes

          

The above images were taken of two weatherboard houses in Brunswick at 6:30pm on 30/5/2016 with a thermal imaging camera. The lighter the colour (ie yellow areas) the more heat is escaping from this part of the house.

You can see that both homes have heat escaping from the windows, walls and chimneys. The house on the left also has heat escaping from the air conditioning unit and roof which - like over 40% of Victorian homes - doesn’t have adequate ceiling insulation.

More help with draught proofing

For some more tips on draught proofing visit the advice page on our website.

Positive Charge has conducted a thorough procurement process to find a reliable and trustworthy draught proofing installer, who can assess your home and check for draughts, before recommending and installing solutions. As with all our recommended suppliers the supplier has been carefully vetted and will be offering a range of quality products at a very competitive rate, with exclusive discounts.

As well as offering remote quoting for insulation our supplier can also conduct a thorough draught proofing and insulation assessment. After the assessment they will be able to offer your solutions specific to your needs, as well as quote you for products and services available through them.

Before quoting on draught proofing an assessment is required. This takes approximately 1.5 hours, after which you will be provided with a report along with an itemised quote. The cost for this assessment is $165 (GST Incl) for homes up to 200sqm and $295 (GST Incl) for homes 200sqm and above*

The same supplier can quote on insulation. If they are coming to deliver a draught proofing assessment then they can assess the insulation at the time. If you do not require the assessment then ceiling and underfloor insulation can be estimated using satellite imaging and a short phone consultation. Wall insulation estimates can also be provided via phone consultation and questionnaire.

* Homes in outer metro Melbourne suburbs or outside the Melbourne Metro may require a travel fee

If you think you and your home can benefit from this service, then sign up here.

Insulation

Just like an esky in summer or a warm coat in winter insulation works by slowing down the transfer of heat from inside to outside and vice-versa. It does this either by trapping air using bulk insulation, or by reflecting heat using foil insulation. By slowing down the transfer of heat you don’t have to use heaters and air conditioners as much. And when you do, you can use them for a shorter time and with greater effect. It’s just like a tea cosy for your house!

Check out our June 2016 eNews about insulation and visit the insulation advice pages here.

You can also watch this video, which uses coffee cups to help explain how insulation works!

Positive Charge has conducted a thorough procurement process to find a reliable and trustworthy insulation installer, who can assess your home and check out any existing insulation, before recommending and installing solutions. As with all our recommended suppliers the supplier has been carefully vetted and will be offering quality products at a very competitive rate, with exclusive discounts. If you think you and your home can benefit from this service, then sign up here.

What if something goes wrong?         

We require suppliers to have clear warranty and customer service processes to respond to any issue. Our structures, processes and legal arrangements with suppliers prioritise the participant. In the unlikely event that something does go wrong, we’ll be there on your side to resolve any issues. We can also help ensure you are getting the best deal on electricity, and resolve any issues with connecting your system to the grid.

A selection of products and system sizes available through our bulk buy program.

Positive Charge is a social enterprise, with a mission and purpose to deliver carbon emission reductions at scale across a number of local government areas. The enterprise was set up with support from Social Traders and an investment from the Moreland Energy Foundation (MEFL). Our core mission is to reduce greenhouse gases, and we remain sustainable and viable through revenue generated from Council subscription fees and income from supplier management fees through the delivery of projects such as bulk-buy programs.