April 18 - 24, 2021: Issue 490

 

It's starting to get Cold: 10 Ways to keep your home warm and save money this Autumn and Winter

 A J Guesdon photo

There's no point denying it any further - we're now definitely in Autumn and heading towards a cold Winter with dustings of snow already hitting the ground recently.

Heating homes accounts for over 70% of some household energy consumption. So reducing this figure, while keeping homes warm, not only cuts energy bills, but helps reduce carbon emissions. This Issue a few timely tips to keep your toes and fingers warm and the power bills cooled down.


It's also worth looking at what your local state government may offer in rebates to meet energy costs. In NSW residents may qualify for a number of rebates and discounts. There's information for pensioners, families to help you and other offers to help improve the energy efficiency of your home. To find out more, visit: energysaver.nsw.gov.au/households/rebates-and-discounts


1. Use your curtains or blinds

Heat from the sun is free so let's not waste it. Open your curtains to let the sunlight in during the day and take that chill edge off the air within. When it gets dark, shut your curtains or blinds, which act as another layer of insulation and keep warmth in your rooms. You should also make sure you don’t have any leaks or gaps so that the warm air can stay in and the cold air stays out – this also helps to reduce condensation.

2. Use timers on your central heating

Turning the heating on a little earlier, such as half an hour before you get up in the morning, but at a lower temperature is cheaper than turning it on just as you need it at a higher temperature. This is because these heat up at a constant speed whether you set your thermostat to 20°C or 25°C. When the room is warm turn it off. Unless it's bitterly cold your heated rooms will maintain this heat level for a few hours. There's no point to leaving your heating on low all day as then you’re just paying for heat when you don’t need it.

3. Turn down the dial

While on central or radiant heating, you probably don't need it up as high as you think. The World Health Organisation previously recommended a minimum temperature of 21°C in the living room, but Public Health England, where they definitely get a decent fall of snow each Winter, has revised this to 18°C in 2014. Research shows that turning your thermostat down by 1°C could cut your heating bill by up to 10%. So keep the dial at 18°C, save money and avoid the negative impacts of a cold home. It may feel a bit like an English Summer to begin with ..... but it's certainly just as comfortable as being outdoors in our own early Spring. 

4. Maximise your insulation

When it comes to heat, around 25% is lost through the roof. This can be easily reduced by installing 25cm of insulation throughout your ceilings. It’s also worth seeing what’s going on in your walls, as around a third of the heat in an uninsulated home is lost this way. Cavity wall insulation could save up to $300 or more a year in heating bills. If you plan to install insulation yourself, be sure you can do it safely. If you are unsure about any aspect of the job, contact a professional. Insulation, and installation also needs to adhere to Building Codes of Australia regulations and relevant Australian standards.

When choosing insulation, the most important factor is the R-value, which measures a material’s capacity to resist heat flow. The greater the value, the better the insulation and the lower your power bill.

Bulk insulation is suited to colder climates –  like a quilt it traps air in still layers. It can be made of materials such as fibreglass, polyester and natural wool and comes in batts, blankets or loose fill. If you are keen to go green, ask a professional installer or manufacturer about using recycled materials.

Reflective insulation is usually aluminium foil laminated onto paper or plastic. Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) has grown in popularity in recent years. The insulation is made on site by mixing and spraying chemicals that react and form a foam, which is used to fill cracks and gaps.

Good insulation in a home will also reduce heat when it counts - Summer, and that, in turn, will cut down the need for fans, air-conditioning and the associated energy costs.

5. Move your couch

It might feel great to have your favourite seat in front of the heater, but it’s absorbing heat that could be warming your home. By moving it away from the radiant heat source, hot air can circulate freely. The same goes for your curtains or drying clothes – keep them away from the radiator so that you can get the most out of your heat source. Better yet, have a look at the great range of heaters you can now buy which come with in built circulating air systems - these will send the heat out into the room and heat the space a lot quicker and a lot more gently than those which 'bake' your skin. These heaters can also, once they've taken that icy chill off the room, be simply turned off again.

6. Wrap up warm

Although it's nice to get around in bare feet or thongs and stick to t-shirts so you can flap your arms around all year long this can get to the point of being ridiculous when it's icy and put your health in danger. I know its a bit old-fashioned but those who wear singlets rarely get sniffles, or cold, and if your toes are turning bright red then blue, put some socks on! 

Investing in a decent pair of slippers, putting on a long sleeved t-shirt or real wool jumper will reduce your need to turn the home into a Summer-like temperature or turn up the heat. Autumn and Winter air can actually be a bit of a tonic, especially when it's blowing straight out of Antarctica, exhilarating, clean, bracing. Keep those indoors shoes off, shirts off yoga moments but once you're done, rug up, just as you would after any sports when you start to cool down.

7. Block out the draughts

Yes; spend $5 and get yourself some draught stoppers for those doors. Even a simple solution such as a making your own sausage dog draught stopper will help keep the warmth in your home. It is estimated that DIY draught-proofing your doors, windows and cracks in the floor could save $150 per year. You can do this yourself for very little cost. Self-adhesive rubber seals around doors and windows and door draught stoppers are relatively cheap and easy to install. So it’s worth getting those doors and windows sealed before Winter properly kicks in.

8. Install thermostatic radiator valves

Research at the University of Salford has shown that installing heating controls and thermostatic radiator valves results in energy savings of 40% compared to a house with no controls. These work by allowing you to programme your heating to come on at predefined times – so you only use energy when you need it. New smart technology can also be controlled remotely via your mobile so you can turn on your heating on the way home, ensuring it’s nice and toasty when you arrive.

9. Upgrade your heater or HWS

As mentioned above, if your heater or central heating is more than 10 years old, it may be time to replace it with a new, more efficient model. Depending on your preferred type and house, you could save up to $750 with a new A-rated energy saving version. These use less energy to produce the same amount of heat. Plus, if it’s new, you’re less likely to have any issues going into the Winter season. If you already have a great model, it's time to have it serviced before something goes 'bang!' one cold and frosty night. If you're pulling the radiant portable gas or electric heater out of the cupboard now, it's time to give it a clean and get rid of any dust that may have built up so you're not breathing this in, or starting the kind of fire you don't want, with its first use, or inhibiting its ability to work well - again saving you money. 

Likewise with your hot water service - if it's getting on in years it may be costing you money. Upgrading to an insulated model will bring down the power bills dramatically as you won;t be paying to keep wayter incessantly hot. There's also a great range of instant heat models available today. 

10. Buy some covers for your skylights

This may not apply to everyone but as more and more of us are installing skylights to brighten corners of our homes instead of running up electric and carbon bills with all-day and half the night electric lighting, if you don't have a screen you can pull across to keep the heat in at night, it may be worth looking into doing this now. As you have installed insulation in your roof to keep the heat in in Winter or the heat out in Summer, installing a skylight blind would make sense too. There's motorised and manual versions available and these will, in turn, save your heat and save your dollars.

Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 stocks all you need to warm up your home and keep the energy bill down:


Goldair Glass Panel Heater WiFi Enabled 2000W: $129.00
2000W. Adjustable thermostat. LCD display. Timer. Free standing floor heater. Black.


Nobo Slimline Panel Heater with Thermostat White 1.25KW: $399.00
Supplied with castors and wall mounting bracket. Child lock safety. Adaptive start feature. Suitable for room size of 12.5m2.


Romak Sausage Draught Stopper: $5.30


Rinnai Continuous Hot Water System Preset 50C LP B26: $795 WAS $1,050
274D x 474W x 689Hmm. 20.5kg. LP Gas. Preset to 50c. 6 Star Instantaneous Rating. 26 Litres per minute of endless hot water. Quick and easy installation. 10 Year Warranty on Heat Exchanger. Ideal for two and three bathroom homes. Optional bathroom and kitchen controllers available. *NB: Online exclusive

In article; Pink Batts R4.1 Insulation Ceiling Batts 1160 x 430mm Pack 10: $38.00 - Coverage: 5.6m2.


We want to thank all of you for supporting and trusting us through this 2020, without you we could not be receiving these two important awards.

Thank you for being our customer and thanks to all our great staff for making this possible especially though this full of surprises year.

Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 Update: Shop Online options

Intending to keep our customers and staff safe, we present some additional ways for both our retail and trade customers to do business with us.

Trade and Retail Pick Up

Express Pick up Mona Vale

- Call Johnson Bros Mitre 10 Mona Vale, and we will pick & pack your order and have it ready for you to pick up in 2 hours. (Stocked Lines Only)

- Drive into our undercover Trade Drive-Thru area at 73 Bassett St Mona Vale, and your order will be ready for pick-up.

- Our team members will help you with your load and finalise payment/paperwork

Express Pick up Avalon

- Call Johnson Bros Mitre 10 Avalon, and we will pick & pack your order and have it ready for you to pick up in 2 hours. (Stocked Lines Only)

- Drive into our back lane off Bellevue Avenue, and your order will be ready for pick-up.

- Our team members will help you with your load and finalise payment/paperwork

Online Retail Stores Go Live

We’ve launched two eCommerce sites offering 2hr pick up in-store and flat rate delivery options on the northern beaches*.

Jbhmv.com.au (Mona Vale)

Jbhav.com.au (Avalon)

With the ability to leave the product on your doorstep, this provides an option of an entirely contactless transaction.

*Flat rate delivery is not available to trade sales, building supplies and trade quantities

** The stock availability is updated nightly, which may mean the stock is unavailable when the order is placed

Trade Delivery to Site

Maybe not new, but certainly worth a mention again!

We can get almost anything delivered quickly onto site!

As always ring the trade desk direct on 9999 0333 and let them know what you need!

Final Thought

Like everyone, we have found ourselves in a new and uncertain environment, but we’re setting up (and digging in) for the long haul!

We want to acknowledge that the decision to retain over 120 staff and meet any future challenges head-on, could not have happened without the continued support you provide us as customers.

Thank you and stay safe,

The Johnson Family


Green Life Garden Centre at Johnson Brothers Mona Vale has a great stock of seedlings, native and other plants and all you need to get gardening in brilliant Autumn weather

Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 Trade Centre at Mona Vale - everything you need under one roof.


Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 New Store
73 Bassett Street
Mona Vale - Online Store: Jbhmv.Com.Au

Products advice is available from the trained friendly staff at Narrabeen, Mona Vale and Avalon Johnson Brothers Mitre 10. 

Click on logo to visit Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 website

Johnson Bros Mitre 10 - Avalon            (02) 9918 3315

Johnson Bros Mitre 10 - Mona Vale     (02) 9999 3340

JBH Timber & Building Supplies          (02) 9999 0333

JBH Fencing & Landscape Supplies    (02) 9970 6333

www.johnsonbros.com.au Online store: jbhmv.com.au

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John and Bob Johnson - The Johnson Brothers Profile  John William Alfred Johnson - The Eulogies for those who could not attend Mass

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Front Page Issue 294: 2018 Winners Of National Hardware Store Of The Year - Johnson Bros Mitre 10 Mona Vale !!!

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Front Page Issue 447: ANZAC DAY 2020


John, Bob and Robert Johnson, 2013 - photo by A J Guesdon.
Decembver 2020 
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