Saving energy and dollars – case study

Just like an Esky in summer or a puffy jacket in winter, insulation for your house works by slowing down the transfer of heat from inside to outside and vice-versa. Draught-proofing (or weather-proofing) also stops the flow of heated or cooled air leaking through window gaps, cracks and even exhaust fans.

Both of these processes can save you up to 25 per cent on electricity bills, while keeping your carbon footprint small.

Brunswick East resident Jan is happy with the Positive Charge program after having her house first assessed, then draught-proofed and insulated through recommended suppliers. She says her weatherboard home is much more comfortable in the winter now because it is properly insulated. The combination of draught-proofing and insulation with her solar panels means her electricity bills have been drastically reduced. “The house is just generally a lot more comfortable, all year round and I haven’t paid a big power bill in years,” Jan says. “And I always have the environment in mind.”

Moreland Councillor Dale Martin says the Positive Charge program is a great resource for all Morelanders.

“Not only do they look at helping you generate your own energy but just as importantly also look at ways to reduce your energy demand,” Cr Martin says. “Many people may not be aware of what Positive Charge can do. It’s a great resource for homeowners and businesses, as well as renters.”