How to reduce electricity bills and heat the home


Veetemp has been servicing the Canberra region since 1993, and has installed heating and air-conditioning into thousands of homes. In recent times, Veetemp amalgamated with Solatube Canberra to create a better customer experience and offer a wider range of products and services.

Ben Potter, the general manager and owner of Veetemp and Solatube Canberra, was operating both businesses separately. However, he believes that the restructure has allowed his business to move forward in leaps and bounds.

“We recently received the Highest Sales Growth for Ducted Gas Heaters Award which, I believe, is due to the restructure of my team and the businesses.

“The dedication and push from my staff is unparalleled. Businesses need culture, they need moral qualities. If you don’t have this, what’s the point,” he says.

“We strive for customer service excellence, highest work quality guaranteed and an overall five-star experience. Our dedicated team go above and beyond to ensure our customers are 100 per cent satisfied with their product and installation.”

What is Solatube? Solatube is a worldwide leader in tubular daylighting systems and are used to provide daylighting as part of the sustainable design movement in eco-friendly building, also known as green building. This is Ben’s passion.

“My goal is to provide daylight to as many Canberra homes as possible, and stop the use of electric lighting through the day.

“We can help cut your energy consumption so that there is no need to have lights on through the day, and who doesn’t prefer natural light over artificial.”

Solatube Canberra has provided daylight to more than 4000 Canberra homes, and have installed more than 6000 Daylighting Systems. The most common area of the house for installation is the kitchen.

Ben finds that this part of the house is where people most need more light through the day, and the addition of a double-glazed Solatube achieves this. The systems are installed in less than two hours by qualified trades people, with no mess or fuss.

“It’s a simple installation; the results are unbelievable and our customers are blown away by the outcome.”

Removal of older, poorly performing skylights, and replacing them with Solatubes, is also in high demand. This improves your home’s energy rating, by stopping heat transfer and cold leaks.

“Our business is focused on improving the year-round comfort of your home, making sure your gas and electricity bills are reduced.

“If your home is airtight and draft free, it stays warmer in winter, and cooler in summer,” says Potter.

Solatube is a dominating force when it comes to roof ventilation too.

The roof space in a home is an often-overlooked area, but maintaining a regulated temperature can have far-reaching benefits for the entire home.

Many customers are seeing the advantages of installing roof ventilation, but with a range of products on the market, it is often difficult to know which product is perfect for your needs.

Roof ventilation is important during both the hot and cold months. The circulation of hot and cold air from your roof space encourages a healthier environment.

Moisture, as well as heat, can cause structural damage to roof trusses, creating a perfect environment for the growth of mould, and encourage creepy crawlies.

So, does roof ventilation work?

Yes! Active roof ventilation will continually circulate the air in your roof space – both hot and cold. This exchange of fresh outside air will help maintain an ambient temperature, and remove the risk of creating damaging conditions.

This can also have a dramatic effect on your air-conditioning system in summer, as the cool air pumped into your home must pass firstly through ductwork in the ceiling. It takes extra effort (and expense) for your system to cool that air if the roof space is hot.

Further, Veetemp is one of Canberra’s only companies using Blower Door Testing and Thermal Imaging Equipment to ensure your home stays air tight, draft free and comfortable all year round, making your home more energy efficient. 

If you would like to find out more the Solatube showroom is open: Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm, and Saturday 10am to noon, 2/41-45 Tennant Street, Fyshwick.

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