Craig Johnson Expert View: Energy Saving Tips That Don’t Save You Energy


I’m going to start this month’s blog with an apology and an admission. Sadly, I’ve come to realise that I am quite a miserable blogger. And this upsets me. I’m relatively new to the blogging world and when I started my aim was to inspire and uplift. However, having considered the timing of my blogs I’ve had to admit to myself that in general, I seem to blog when something frustrates me. You may struggle to believe that in general life I have quite a positive outlook!

Now for the admission. Despite recognising that I can be a whining blogger rather than a member of the inspirational blogging community, I’m going to do it again. I’ve got an issue that needs discussing and this blog has become my therapy. All I can say is that if you keep reading, I really will try to come up with something more uplifting next month!

This month therapy is required due to a piece of literature I found in my junk mail. Literature is probably too strong for what I found. I have to admit, I’m not the best at processing my post. If I’m on top of my emails, I assume that there’s nothing important in my letter box and so sifting through the correspondence and junk mail isn’t a process that happens often. On going through a particularly large pile of leaflets this week I found the following: Energy Saving Tips – Reduce your energy bills and save money. Initially I was delighted. As the flyer was distributed on behalf of the State Government of Victoria, and for the record double glazing is recommended on their website, I expected to see at least some mention of the environmental benefits of double glazing. Unfortunately, I was wrong, very wrong. And hence my angst.

Want to know what the first energy saving tip for windows was?

“Use heavy curtains to stop heat escaping from your windows.”


Really? Are the government seriously advising that thick curtains stop energy loss? In the middle of an energy crisis, is this really the top tip to reduce your energy bills? I kept reading in the hope of some sort of redemption. It didn’t happen.

“Install pelmets on top of your windows…a cheap alternative is to use a door snake, heavy blanket or towel on top of your curtain rod.”

Ok. So here I feel justified in being an outraged blogger, not just a miserable blogger. Right now in Victoria, record numbers of houses are having their energy cut off due to an inability to pay bills. The Herald Sun reported that approximately one thousand homes a week are being cut off. It’s clear that the rising cost of energy and the energy crisis itself (annual blackouts) needs a resolution and let me tell you towels on top of your curtain rod is not one of them!

30% of energy is lost through windows and doors and the only way to stop that effectively is with high quality upvc double glazing. It’s standard in Europe and I always wonder why it hasn’t been embraced here. Then I read pamphlets like this, from the government no less, and I know exactly why.

So that’s is rant over. I will go away and try to think of a positive topic for next month’s blog. Feel free to get in touch on Ecostar’s social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) if you have any ideas on what you’d like that to be.

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