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28.05.2013, Sydney (Australia) & Mainz (Germany)

More fires being lit to stop the bite of winter chill and power bills

http://www.atmosfire.com.au is the first Australian online service platform for fireplaces and stoves
New resource for heating the heart of a home: www.atmosfire.com.au, initiated by SCHOTT ROBAX®.
New resource for heating the heart of a home: www.atmosfire.com.au, initiated by SCHOTT ROBAX®.
Sydney (Australia) & Mainz (Germany), May 28, 2013 – It isn’t just the cold set to bite this winter as electricity prices are forecast to rise another 10 per cent over the coming 2.5 years. Already suffering from a 40 per cent rise in power costs, canny consumers are discovering a smart heating solution is literally in the flicker of a flame: Fireplaces are enjoying a resurgence in Australia with more than 1.1 million Australian homes appreciating the warmth and beauty of a real fire, as well as the considerable savings they can bring.

It isn’t just the cold set to bite this winter as electricity prices are forecast to rise another 10 per cent over the coming 2.5 years. Already suffering from a 40 per cent rise in power costs, canny consumers are discovering a smart heating solution is literally in the flicker of a flame: Fireplaces are enjoying a resurgence in Australia with more than 1.1 million Australian homes appreciating the warmth and beauty of a real fire, as well as the considerable savings they can bring.

Heating and cooling consume up to 38 per cent of household energy use, and with the hefty increases in electricity prices, the low running costs of wood and gas fires are very appealing. As well as saving householders’ electricity, fireplaces offer another financial advantage; they are a great investment which add $ value to the home. Studies have shown that homeowners can make more than100 per cent of the cost of adding a fireplace when they sell the home, suggesting a higher return on investment than for other renovations such as a new kitchen.

For the many Australians concerned with minimizing their carbon footprint, wood fires are a great carbon neutral heating solution. Nearly 200kg of carbon can be saved each year by switching from electric heating to a wood burning fire place. A 2012 Australian study by CSIRO stated that firewood is the best heating source to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

A further tip for energy conscious home owners – enclosed wood and gas fireplaces, using glass ceramic windows, actually make the fires safer and more efficient, ensuring maximum heat to the room with minimum losses and emissions. A leading manufacturer of glass ceramic viewing panels, SCHOTT ROBAX® is able to custom make glass to suit any fireplace and has just launched the http://www.atmosfire.com.au website showcasing the wealth of fireplace options available to the canny home owner.

“Traditionally, fireplaces and wood heaters were the focal point of a home, but in these modern times, home owners are once again embracing the benefits of a real fire. As the nights grow colder fireplaces offer a beautiful warm heart the family can gather around,” said Lesley Aitkin, -Sales and Marketing Manager ,SCHOTT Australia, adding, “There is nothing more welcoming than a fire, or more romantic than the charm and flicker of a living flame.”

http://www.atmosfire.com.au profiles the expertise and craftsmanship of eight specialist fire companies including: SCHOTT Australia, A.F. Gason, Barbeques Galore, Jarrahdale Heating and Cooling, Jetmaster Fireplaces, Rinnai Australia, Sampford IXL Cannon Gas Log Heaters and Shamic Sheetmetal.

atmosfire® and ROBAX® are trademarks of SCHOTT AG.

More information on SCHOTT ROBAX® is available here: https://www.schott.com/hometech/english/products/robax/index.html

New resource for heating the heart of a home: http://www.atmosfire.com.au , initiated by SCHOTT ROBAX®. Photos: SCHOTT.

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The “atmosfire® – make your house a home” initiative was founded in Europe in 2008 by SCHOTT ROBAX®, one of the leading manufacturers of fireplace panels. This year, the initiative was also introduced in Australia. Eight Australian companies are participating: SCHOTT Australia, A.F. Gason, Barbeques Galore, Jarrahdale Heating and Cooling, Jetmaster Fireplaces, Rinnai Australia, Sampford IXL Cannon Gas Log Heaters and Shamic Sheetmetal. The first Australian online service platform for fireplaces and stoves can be found at www.atmosfire.com.au.

SCHOTT is an international technology group with more than 125 years of experience in the areas of specialty glasses and materials and advanced technologies. SCHOTT ranks number one in the world with many of its products. Its core markets are the household appliance, pharmaceuticals, electronics, optics, solar power, transportation and architecture industries. The company is strongly committed to contributing to its customers’ success and making SCHOTT an important part of people’s lives with high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is committed to managing its business in a sustainable manner and supporting its employees, society and the environment. The SCHOTT Group maintains close proximity to its customers with manufacturing and sales units in all major markets. Its workforce of around 17,000 employees generated worldwide sales of approximately 2.9 billion euros for the 2010/2011 fiscal year. SCHOTT AG, with its headquarters in Mainz (Germany) is owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation.


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