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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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