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What can you green with $10,000?

By Hosinator 4 June 2010 28

We recently took advantage of the Federal Government Green Loans Program.  The program provides the home owner or renter with up to $10,000 in an interest free 4 year loan from a small bank to pay for improvements to your home that result in energy savings.

http://www.climatechange.gov.au/government/programs-and-rebates/green-loans.aspx

After our initial assessment and receiving the tailored report it stated that our home (an ex Government home in the Weston Creek area.) would benefit from a range of improvements including but not limited too:

– Window coverings such as curtains

– Underfloor insulation

– Double glazed windows or the equivalent too

– Water tank

– wall insulation

We decided to install underfloor insulation, magnetite windows (which is simply a polycarbonate window overlaying the existing aluminium windows) and a 5000L water tank.

The results have been exceptional, we’ve noticed no drafts from the windows or the floors, the floors generally feel warmer and sitting next to a window in a cold night now no longer means that you’ll turn blue.

We’ve also seen a marked improvement in our energy bills as we use less gas to heat the house and can take cooler showers.

I was wondering if anyone else has had the opportunity to take advantage of this program and if you have been satisfied with the results?

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Magnetite ACT 10:51 am 10 Jun 10

So can you tell us, does the ‘glass’ include an equivalent of the low-e film available for glass windows to screen out IR and UV? Would be a big plus if that was an option.

Magnetite uses optical grade acrylic. Its 6 times better than glass at stopping conductive heat, it DOESN’T stop radiant heat (direct sunlight heat) but reduces UV rays (furniture fading)by 90%

Infra Red transfer through the window is also known as the Solar Heat Gain Co-efficient (SHGC). All Australian Windows Association approved products have what’s called a WERS rating which gives a value on SHGC along with other valuable information. Magnetite has no real effect in reducing the SHGC, which is perfect for winter time. A window shading in summer will reduce the SHGC and with the addition of Magnetite can produce a very effective solution.

Double glazing including Magnetite can help in both winter and summer but there is additional considerations;
Hopefully the home you have has correct orientation and eves that allow direct sun in winter and provide shading in summer (pretty unlikely with the way homes are built in Australia). If this is the case, Magnetite on its own is the perfect additon.
If you do get direct sun in summer, my reccommendation is to also install a retractable awning, so you can have it down in summer than lift it in winter to get the best solution all year round. Window films are a good solution for summer as they can reduce a large amount of the radiant heat, but the main problem for the Canberra climate is that it will reduce that heat in winter too.

It is important to note that the SHGC is not relevant for windows that don’t get direct sunlight.

Here is a link to Magnetite’s WERS ratings.
http://www.magnetite.com.au/Thermal-Comfort-Technical-Data.aspx

And a link to our condensation photos
http://www.magnetite.com.au/Case-Studies.aspx?articleId=12

Feel free to call me if you would like to discuss your particular window setup or to clarify any of my points.

Regards,
Michael
6255 7220

Gungahlin Al 4:12 pm 09 Jun 10

We have laminated low-e glass (the best we could afford at the time) and it is pretty good thermally but does get a stack of condensation too, so this is interesting.

Hosinator 4:05 pm 09 Jun 10

We’ve not had any condensation at all since installing the magentite. We used to when we didn’t have the magnetite.

sepi 3:13 pm 09 Jun 10

Can you also tell me if condensation is a problem between the windows and the magnetite?

We have some older aluminium window frames, and those windows get amazing amounts of condensation on them overnight.

I do know people who have magnetite and say it is fantastic, so we have been thinking about it.

Gungahlin Al 12:57 pm 09 Jun 10

Magnetite ACT said :

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for the kind comments regarding Magnetite. Magnetite uses acrylic panels (6 times better insulation than glass) and Magnets to create one of the most effective window insulations on the market. Our results are higher than most double glazed windows!

Magnetite is now located in Mitchell 7/91-93 Grimwade Street. Ph: 1300 552 612.

My name is Michael and I run the business, originally from Wollongong but now we have permanently re-located and are living in Belconnen. We are happy to come out and we provide a free measure and quote service.

So can you tell us, does the ‘glass’ include an equivalent of the low-e film available for glass windows to screen out IR and UV? Would be a big plus if that was an option.

Hells_Bells74 12:37 pm 09 Jun 10

#21 – Thank you for coming to Canberra. What a breath of fresh air you are to our sometimes sickly trades/services areas.

All the best and hope you enjoy the place as well.

Jim Jones 12:30 pm 09 Jun 10

Magnetite ACT said :

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for the kind comments regarding Magnetite. Magnetite uses acrylic panels (6 times better insulation than glass) and Magnets to create one of the most effective window insulations on the market. Our results are higher than most double glazed windows!

Magnetite is now located in Mitchell 7/91-93 Grimwade Street. Ph: 1300 552 612.

My name is Michael and I run the business, originally from Wollongong but now we have permanently re-located and are living in Belconnen. We are happy to come out and we provide a free measure and quote service.

But doesn’t long-term exposure to magnets cause brain cancer?

Magnetite ACT 12:24 pm 09 Jun 10

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for the kind comments regarding Magnetite. Magnetite uses acrylic panels (6 times better insulation than glass) and Magnets to create one of the most effective window insulations on the market. Our results are higher than most double glazed windows!

Magnetite is now located in Mitchell 7/91-93 Grimwade Street. Ph: 1300 552 612.

My name is Michael and I run the business, originally from Wollongong but now we have permanently re-located and are living in Belconnen. We are happy to come out and we provide a free measure and quote service.

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