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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Buy a Carbon Monoxide Detector

October 31, 2012
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Buy a Carbon Monoxide Detector

From today Carbon monoxide alarms have become a legal requirement in all new homes in Northern Ireland.  The new law also requires that an alarm be fitted whenever a boiler or solid fuel stove is upgraded or replaced. You can buy this carbon monoxide digital display alarm here – online from Amazon . They...
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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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House Price Database

October 3, 2012
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This week saw the belated launch of the Property Price Register in Ireland. It is a searchable online database of all the houses sold in Ireland – but only those sold since January 2010. I’s a fairly basic website – and there are a few mistakes on it – but it’s all we have...
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Flooding – Insurance Claims and Prevention

July 25, 2012
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2012 was another bad year for flooding in some parts of the country – and  but many households are still counting the cost of recent floods and will need to make an insurance claim. The problem with insurance claims after flooding is that   documents or proof of possessions may  have been washed away or...
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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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