The winner of the coldest house in Canberra

Barcham 2 August 2013 4

The Winterbottoms have won SEE-Change’s coldest house in Canberra competition which they have been running for the past few months.

“The winning entry included Susan Winterbottom reciting a poem explaining just how freezingcold her home is,” Alexander Watson Chief Executive, Jeremy Watson said.

“According to the poem, the Winterbottom’s house, which is an original Tocumwal, has no insulation and holes in the floor. No matter how much heat the family pumps in they cannot warm the house up as it just escapes too quickly.

“Susan pointed out that the family’s name is often the ‘butt’ of jokes and teasing includes being called “Frosty Bum”. However in light of how cold her house is, her surname seems quite appropriate.”

Ms Winterbottom also highlighted the family’s high energy bills and lamented that her cold winter house becomes steaming hot in summer.

“This competition was designed to let Canberrans know there are some simple improvements to energy efficiency they can make so they don’t suffer in a house that is too cold in winter or too warm in summer.

“As part of this competition, 300 local homes have had a free home energy assessment with thermal imaging so we can let families know where their energy problems lie and the types of fixes they can implement.”

As part of the $20,000 first prize, the team from Alexander Watson will give the Winterbottom’shome a complete overhaul.

“We’re going to draught proof, insulate, double glaze and put solar in!” Mr Watson enthused.

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4 Responses to The winner of the coldest house in Canberra
zorro29 zorro29 3:43 pm 02 Aug 13

poetix said :

Oh come on, how could someone called Winterbottom not win? (-:

Unless the Icearses had popped in a haiku.

lol icearses…

ice to see you!

meanwhile this house sounds like a really fine example of how to be energy efficient and environmentally conscious…….

gazket gazket 3:29 pm 02 Aug 13

how cold was the house

AlexanderWatson AlexanderWatson 3:19 pm 02 Aug 13

Frosty Bum has coldest house… The marketing gods have smiled on us.

Seriously though, a massive congratulations to all our finalists who put so much effort into their entries. With over 1000 people involved in the competition we’ve been amazed by how much of a ‘hot’ topic this has been.

Reckon your house is colder than Susan’s?… Pre registration for coldest house in Canberra 2014 is up and running at

poetix poetix 11:08 am 02 Aug 13

Oh come on, how could someone called Winterbottom not win? (-:

Unless the Icearses had popped in a haiku.

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