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!
If you are interested in getting insulation for your home or business we recommend you call us on 1300 23 68 55 to discuss your needs.
Most homes don’t have enough insulation
Most homes built prior to 1990 don’t have wall insulation and over 40% of Victorian homes lack adequate ceiling insulation. If you have some old existing insulation it is not usually necessary to remove it – you can simply add more on top.
A lot of homes have insulation but it has been moved by tradespeople, when they have gone in the roof space to do work such as electrical work, NBN installation, air cons, solar etc. If you can access your roof space to take a look you might be able to move the insulation back to where it belongs, to decrease gaps.
Ceiling insulation is the most important but don’t forget walls and floors! You wouldn’t go out in winter wearing only a hat, so insulating your walls and under your floor is like adding a good coat and warm boots to your home’s beanie!
Insulating your ceiling, floors and walls can save you up to 65% on the heating and cooling energy costs of your home. In addition, insulation may reduce condensation and can also make your home more soundproof.
Here’s a handy video to help explain the benefit of insulation (with some help from some coffee cups!).
Is ceiling insulation safe? I’ve heard it can cause fires.
Ceiling insulation is safe, but it is important to have it installed by trained professionals to avoid any risks. Positive Charge has carefully selected expert suppliers, who can assess your situation and take any action needed to protect your home, such as ensuring that downlights are properly covered. Click here to request a quote.
Is it a good investment?
Definitely! As well as improving the comfort of your home in winter and summer, improving the thermal performance of your home will save you money on your bills.
Making your home cheaper and easier to keep at a comfortable temperature can also improve health outcomes, especially for vulnerable households. According to a recent study published in medical journal The Lancet, cold contributed to about 3.9 per cent of deaths in Sweden, but 6.5 per cent in Australia. The reason for this is that it’s not the extreme events like blizzards that cause the most deaths from cold but medical issues like increased blood pressure from constant exposure to low temperatures.
If I go through Positive Charge is it a good deal?
Our supplier is secured through a rigorous selection process which meets our standards and those of our partner Councils. The procurement process provides due diligence on product quality, warranty length, cost and customer service. In addition, the products are independently assessed by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) to ensure they meet high standards. Request a quote.
THE SUPPLIER IS SELECTED BASED ON:
- Quality of product
- Length of warranties
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.
Read here about how Jo Pianta and her family benefited from installing insulation.
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 customer. In the unlikely event that something does go wrong, we’ll be there on your side to resolve any issues. Read our customer charter here.
A selection of products and system sizes are 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.