Energy Saving

Solar Thermal Systems – are they any Good ?

April 1, 2013
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In the UK the  Energy Saving Trust (EST)  have been doing a  long-running trial of 88 solar hot water systems, also known as solar thermal systems. Solar thermal panels use the sun to heat water in homes, rather than generate power, as solar photovoltaic (PV) panels do. The UK trial shows that things like...
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Electricity and Gas Price Increases

October 3, 2012
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All the gas and electricity suppliers have increased prices this month – this is a summary of the increases. Electric Ireland:   Electricity 5.9% increase  and  8.5% for Gas from October 1st Airtricity:  Electricity increase 4.7% / Up 8.5% for Gas increase 8.5% both from October 15th Bord Gáis  :  Gas  – 8.5%  increase from...
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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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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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Geothermal Heating Cost Ireland

February 17, 2011
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Geothermal heating harnesses natural thermal energy from within the Earth’s crust for water and space heating. This method of heating is hailed for its energy efficiency, lack of pollution, and financial benefits. A series of pipes are set up in a loop beneath the house and cooled water is pumped through. As the water...
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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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