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Save Money with Low Energy LED GU10 Lightbulbs

July 18, 2012
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Those nice looking halogen downlighters in your home could be costing you hundreds of euros a year in elecricity. You could reduce your electricity usage by replacing the halogen bulbs with low energy LED bulbs. The most common fitting for those spotlight type recessed downlights are GU10 fittings. Most halogen Gu10 bulbs are 50...
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Grants for Insulation

October 4, 2011
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Better Energy Scheme In Ireland – there have been grants available for a while now for homeowners who install insulation in their house A new scheme called Better Energy was launched in May 2011 as part of the new governments jobs initiative. Under the new scheme Irish householders can get a grants of up...
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Heating Control By Phone

February 22, 2011
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You can now  control your heating system by phone with a text message. If you have a second property, a holiday cottage or you simply travel a lot, you can install a system to get your heating timer and thermostat done by wireless remote control. So when you want to turn your heating on,...
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Solar Electricity Panels Cost And Grants Ireland

February 20, 2011
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Solar electricity systems capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic (PV) cells. The cells convert the sunlight into electricity, which can be used to run household appliances and lighting Costs for installing a solar electricity system vary a lot – an average system (2.2kW) costs around £12,000 (including VAT at 5%). Per kW, solar electricity...
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Spray Foam Insulation

February 19, 2011
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Spray Foam, Spray Insulation, Expanding Foam and Foam sealant are common terms for insulation, which is sprayed into place unlike traditional sheets or rolls of insulation, which must be cut and fixed into place. Spray insulation foam is the ideal way to insulate your loft conversion without the need for costly insulation contractors. Traditional insulation board...
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Passive Solar Design House

February 16, 2011
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Your home’s windows, walls, and floors can be designed to collect, store, and distribute solar energy in the form of heat in the winter and  reject solar heat in the summer. This is called passive solar design or climatic design. Unlike active solar heating systems, passive solar design doesn’t involve the use of mechanical and...
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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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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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New Developments and BER

October 2, 2007
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The new regulations that came into force from 1 January 2007 mean tha all newly constructed dwelling for which planning permission was applied for on or after January 1st, 2007 – must have an Energy Rating cert. It is unlikely that properties that only had planning applications in January would be ready to be...
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Introduction to Building Energy Ratings – BER

October 2, 2007
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From 1 January 2009 all existing buildings, when offered for sale or letting, will require a BER  Currently Building Energy Ratingsare only required  for new dwellings constructed or offered for sale, for which the planning application was submitted from 1 January 2007 and which are substantially completed by 30 June 2008. . What is a...
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