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How to Prevent Freezing Pipes – Some Advice

November 30, 2010
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The recent extreme cold weather can cause major problems if water pipes in the  home freeze. Any exposed pipes, inside or outside your home, may be at risk from freezing and splitting in cold weather. Preventing frozen pipes Insulate external pipes and any internal ones that are exposed to freezing, paying attention to corners...
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Concrete Built Houses – Better or Not?

November 15, 2010
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The concrete industry has the slogan “concrete built is better built” – how did they get away with that claim? Sustainable Energy Ireland say ” If a timber frame house is built to the same building regulations as a concrete house (i.e. the u-value of the wall is the same, u-value of the roofs...
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Timber Frame Advantages

November 15, 2010
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Timber Frame or Concrete Block?  This is the choice many self builders have to decide on. Both methods have their good and bad points – here is the Timber Frame industry version of why to build a Timber Framed House: 1) Timber Frame can dramatically cut your heating bills. Timber is a natural insulator...
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LED Televisions

August 13, 2010
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We had LCD and Plasma screens – now we can buy LED Televisions. Televisions are now an essential item in all homes – and the picture quality and screen sizes available are getting bigger and better all the time. LEDs or Light Emitting Diodes – convert electric energy directly into light, producing a dramatic...
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Buying Tools and DIY Equipment Online in Ireland

June 14, 2010
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These days – with many more people out of work – more homeowners are doing the little jobs around the house themselves. If you know what you are doing – and use good tools – DIY can save you hundreds of Euro as well as keeping you busy. To get good priced tools and...
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iPhone available on Vodafone Ireland

March 2, 2010
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At last – Vodafone mobile customers can get an iPhone. You will have to sign  up for an 18 month contract – same as O2 . It will be available from 25th March 2010. You can pre register and pre order online NOW. Available on pre-pay too as well as monthly contracts. See More...
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Mira Showers Ireland – Repairs and Service

February 2, 2010
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Mira Showers are probably one of the biggest selling showers in Ireland. If you want to get a Mira approved service agent to repair your Mira shower in Ireland  – you need to contact Customer Services & Spares : Modern Plant Ltd (Dublin) Telephone: 01 4591344 Mon to Fri 9:00am – 5:00pm E-mail: sales@modernplant.ie...
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New Tax on Property in Ireland

September 30, 2009
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If you own a residential property in Ireland – and it is not your main residence – you are liable for a new charge of €200 Euro a year. Find out more about this  Non Residential Private Property Charge The payment of this charge is due on 30th September 2009 – and you are...
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Free Landline Telephone Connection

January 14, 2009
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Free Landline Telephone Connection

When you are building a house or moving house – getting the telephone line connected is one of the important things to remember. In Ireland – Eircom is responsible for the telephone infrastructure and connections. Normally – getting a land line connection may involve Eircom charges from €25 euro up to €121 Euro for...
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BER Certs now mandatory from January 2009

January 1, 2009
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Building Energy Rating Certificates are now mandatory on existing homes that are put up for sale or rent from today (Jan 1st 2009). Homeowners who are not selling or renting their house do not have to apply for a BER cert. If a house was put on the market before January 1st 2009 –...
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Solar Panels – Pros and Cons

September 7, 2008
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Solar water heating An average household can save about 50% of the annual cost of hot water using solar panel. There are two main types of solar water heating panels – flat plate and evacuated tubes (referring to the way in which water interacts with the panel). Evacuated tubes are more efficient than flat...
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Fitting Attic Insulation – A Quick Guide

September 7, 2008
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With BER – Building Energy Ratings coming iinto force for all house sales in January 2009 – Insulation is an easy way of increasing your property’s BER. Each type of insulation is fitted differently but most insulation can be installed as a DIY project. Whatever type of insulation you choose, you’ll need to make...
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Boost For BER Assessors

April 28, 2008
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The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources have announced a new Home Energy Saving Scheme aimed at encouraging homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. The scheme will target older housing as these homes are most in need of energy efficiency retrofitting. Initially, there will be a regional pilot of the...
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BER – Who Checks the Assessors ?

April 7, 2008
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BER – Building Energy Ratings are going to be big business in the coming months. The SEI is registering more assessors every month and getting a good fee from them. Trainers are making money from providing the courses for the BER assessors. The general public will be footing the bill for getting the Energy...
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Building Energy Rating Assessors – will more be needed?

November 14, 2007
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Building Energy Rating Assessors – will more be needed?

In Ireland it is estimated that up to 200,000 people involved in rental or sale transactions  will need Building Energy Rating (BER) certificates each year. A BER (Building Energy Rating) is the standard calculation of the energy performance of a building, produced by a qualified assessor.  The BER certificate is an energy label, similar...
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