Ireland’s Guide To Money And Living

Improve your home, Save a fortune.

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Many of us are unhappy with our homes. Some of the main reasons are shoddy or outdated heating systems and high electricity usage that result in massive bills. These days’ people are opting towards home improvement through retrofitting and creating a more energy efficient home. While you may be happy to note that doing so may be friendly to the environment, it also can save you a fortune.
Retrofitting is essentially implementing new technologies and systems to an old building in order to make it more energy efficient, thus resulting in lower energy bills. While retrofitting can potentially be a big undertaking such as adding extra insulation to a house by injecting a foam into the wall cavities or building up insulation blocks to the outside of the exterior walls, there are a number of smaller measures that you can implement. The simplest of these is to switch your light bulbs to CFL or LED lights, but more substantial improvements that you can make to your home include installing airtight windows or renewable heating sources with the likes of solar panels, and collecting rain water for domestic use.
Many measures that you can take to make your home more energy efficient and cost effective are covered under the Better Energy Homes scheme run by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). This scheme provides assistance in the form of a cash grant to reduce energy use, costs and greenhouse gas emissions and to improve the comfort levels of you home. These grants range from €50 to €3,600 and cover measures such as BER reading (Building Energy Rating), attic and wall insulation, and heating system upgrades. You can find more information on these on www.seai.ie.
Courtesy of Irish Independent April 16th 2013
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