Renewable Energy

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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Electricity from Solar Panels

August 1, 2011
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The new BBC Dragons Den had the investors all queuing up to give money to a company called PloughCroft Solar that installs solar panels to generate electricity. In the UK – the Government pays householders to feed electricity generated into the national grid.The rate is 43.3p per unit of electricity  – this  Feed-in Tariff...
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Solar Energy Ireland

March 11, 2011
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Solar energy is the ultimate renwable energy source.There are three methods used in Ireland to get the benifts of the suns heat and energy. Passive solar energy homes is a way in which homes are bulit to maximise solar gains in the home by avoidin g heat loss thorugh the buling and ensuring a...
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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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Buy Logs , Coal and Wood Briquettes Online

December 18, 2010
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Keeping your home warm this winter is a priority for all of us. The freezing temperatures mean we are all getting through the supply of wood , coal  and turf much quicker. Sometimes picking up the odd bale of briquettes or bag of coal  from the garage can be a pain – so why...
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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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Green Mortgage from PTSB

October 31, 2007
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PTSB have launched a Green Mortgage – basically any PTSB Irish mortgage applicant can ask for the Green Mortgage – and get  the following 1. 10% off a Botanic Greenhouse at www.botanicgreenhouses.ie 2. €1,000 discount off a Shomera at www.Shomera.ie 3. 15% off a new bicycle at www.cycleways.com 4. Free electricity meter (worth €42)...
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Wood Pellet Heating

October 10, 2007
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With the introduction of the €4,200 ‘Greener Home Scheme’ grant last year, wood pellet boilers and stoves are now a popular choice for domestic heating . With oil and gas prices probably rising in the future , it will be  significantly cheaper to run a heating system on wood pellets. Wood pellet systems are also more  environmentally...
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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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