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1 1 WELCOME ‘Energy Fair’ or ‘Fair on Energy’ September 12 2009 Vincent Carragher

2 EN1 EN2 EN3EN4EN5EN6 Town Council EN7EN8EN9EN 10 EN 11EN 12 Organise & manage Master 96-144 Houses (-8%) EN-Energy Neighbourhood EN

3 In most homes, lighting accounts for 10-15% of the electricity bill Energy saving lightbulbs or Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) They come in standard bayonet and screw fittings. They last up to 12 times longer CFL can produce light using a fraction of the electricity needed and save you up to €13 a year. Cost €2-5 each - large supermarkets or DIY shops Some people find them less bright so could choose the next higher wattage to achieve the same illumination They do not work with electronic sensors, timers or dimmer switches Use them in places where you have lights on for the longest periods e.g porches, landings or outside lights that are left on all night By using just 4 CFL bulbs in this way you will use 80% less electricity and you will save over a tonne of CO2 within 6 years. Always turn off lights when you leave a room – and adjust your blinds or curtains to let in as much light as possible during the day 3 Lighting savings works for every room

4 Did you know that the when you add up the cracks and gaps in your home they let out the same amount, of your warm internal air, as a hole the size of a basketball in your wall. Draughtstrip and seal your home and save a fortune. Check windows carefully with a candle, when the flame quivers you have unnecessary cold air coming in. Silicone any gaps and cracks and fit large curtains to window openings. Chimneys - excessive ventilation 4 Draughts


6 Use Curtains correctly Close the curtains at dusk to keep heat in the room that would otherwise be lost through the cold windows. If you close your curtains at night, you easily save up to 10% overall. Radiators – consider fitting shelves above radiators as they redirect the warm air that rises from them back into the room.

7 Ventilation Ventilation/air is necessary in every house!! Controlled ventilation Ventilate your house 3 to 5 minutes, a couple of times a day instead of opening your windows a little bit all day. Shut off your heating, during ventilation. This saves up to 16% 7

8 The Living Room Room thermostat – this automatically switches your heating off once it reaches your chosen temperature, and back on again if it drops below your own comfort level. The thermostat should be fixed to the wall of your most frequently used room, away from draughts, direct sunlight or other sources of heat. Thermostatic Radiator Valves enable you to control the temperature of each room separately and reduce your heating bills further by reducing the flow of the water to the radiator as the thermostat reached its set temperature. They work best in rooms that overheat, like kitchens or conservatories, or in rooms which are rarely used, such as spare bedrooms. Reflective panels fitted behind radiators placed on outside walls helps to make the most of the heat they generate. Boiler and Chimney Yearly maintenance of boiler and chimney saves 10% 8

9 Save up to 17% by thinking about the way you control and use heat: 1.Room temperature 19 0 C (€350 every year/degree). 2.The temperature of stored water 60 o C 3.On/off times for heating and hot water. Turn off the heating one hour before you go to bed. Your home still has enough warmth. 4.Bleed your radiators on a regular base. If there is air in your radiator your boiler burns longer. Always start with the lowest an end with the highest Using Heat

10 Electric heating is hard to regulate, it uses a lot of energy and is often redundant. Electric heating uses 2,5 times more energy than heating with gas or oil Accumulation devices charge up at night, even if you don’t need them the next day Difficult to regulate You can’t save 8% if you use extra electric heating

11 The Living Room A greedy device - the television. The rule here is simple – when you are replacing your TV buy a small liquid crystal display screen (19-20”). It will save the household 60kg per year in emissions and lots of money. Plasma flat-screen TVs are drains on electricity – avoid them at 56 cent per day). Digital set-top boxes like sky boxes are big users of power, even when not actually working. Set top boxes use a lot of continuous power every hour on standby. However a new Freeview set top box uses half this amount on standby. You could buy one of the Phillips DTR range with standby power use of one sixth of the above. Just €250 buys a DVD recorder with a hard disc, capable of storing hours of TV programming. If hard disc DVD recorders are used two hours a day they consume more electricity when on standby than when in use. The Panasonic range has low idle power consumption and will use under half as much in standby. Leaving your TV and video on stand-by wastes energy! Some appliances still use up to 80% of the energy needed to operate them when they are on stand by. 11

12 The Living Room & every room A Bye Bye Standby System is a new device to cut wasteful standby use of electrical appliances. This small piece of electronics plugs into a wall socket and the appliance then plugs into this. The householder uses a remote control to cut the power to the appliance. When going to bed it is a simple matter of pressing one button which will turn off up to four electronic devices; Computers, TV, DVD, mobile phone chargers etc. A home with a set-top box, a computer, a games console and a couple of others devices such as mobile phone chargers can save €60 a year with just one of these devices. You can check this link on or this link Or go to a reputable electric store like Maplin stores, nationwide, they stock this and it costs about €30. By turning everything off at the wall emissions from electricity can be reduced to below 0.6 tonnes per person saving hundreds of Euro with virtually no change in lifestyle. 12

13 The Kitchen Look for the energy rating when buying new appliances - A is the highest, most efficient category. If your current appliances are more than 10 years old, you could save up to €65 on your electricity bills, simply by up-grading. If you want to find out how much electricity the appliances in your home use log onto This is a very useful website which will allow you to find the main energy hogs in your The biggest users of electricity around the home are the tumble dryer (€1.08 per cycle x 148 times pa) the refrigerator (30 cent per day), the washing machine (48 cent per day 274 cycles pa), the dishwasher (30 cent per cycle x 250 cycles pa). 13

14 Washing machines – always wash a full load, and if you can’t, use a half load or economy option if your machine has one. Always use the low temperature (30 degrees) programme bearing in mind that with modern washing powders this will be just as effective. Tumble dryers – don’t put really wet clothes into a tumble dryer; wring them out or spin-dry them first. It’s much faster and will save you money. The best way is to use a line or dedicate a room in your home to drying clothes hung on clothes racks. Dishwashers – Try and use the low temperature programme and ensure you have a full load. Pots and pans – Choose the correct size pan for the food and the cooker (the base should just cover an electric cooker ring) – and keep lids on when cooking. With gas, the flames only need heat the bottom of the pan. If they lick up the side then you are wasting energy. Pressure cookers and microwaves save energy. 14 The Kitchen

15 Kettles – On average we boil twice the volume of water we need. Heat the amount of water you really need – and if you’re using an electric kettle, make sure you cover the element - this could save over €100 per year. 15 Eco-kettles cost €30 - 45 at and would even make a great Xmas or anniversary present. Some can also dispense clean, cool filtered water so no need to buy bottled water either! The Kitchen

16 Low use of electricity per hour but because they are on all the time the cost is high When buying a new appliance select an “A” rated appliance. If the fridge door is left open for 1 minute, it takes 3 minutes for it to regain temp. Defrost it regularly to keep it running efficiently and cheaply. If it tends to frost up quickly, check the door seal. Damaged door seals let heat in Condensation forming on the outside suggests that its insulation has deteriorated and that it is using more power than it should Site the appliance in a cool place, out of direct sun and away from the cooker and boiler if possible. If not try to leave a good gap between them Keep the cooling fins at the back of the appliance clean and make sure there is plenty of ventilation space at the back and top Use the thermostat to keep the temperature right. The higher the setting the lower the temperature Try to keep the appliance at least three quarters full Avoid putting hot or warm food straight into the fridge; allow it to cool down first. 16 Fridge Freezers

17 The Bedroom Keep bedroom doors closed during the day. As warm air rises you will find that the rooms upstairs could well be warmer than the rooms downstairs. If the bedrooms aren’t being used during the day, keep the doors closed until just a little while before you go to bed. Floorboards and skirting boards – stop draughts and heat escaping by filling gaps under skirting boards, with newspaper, beading or sealant. Make sure your windows are draught proofed. A low cost, short-term alternative to double glazing is to tape polythene across window frames. You can buy special products from DIY stores. Do not forget to kill all standby use in the bedrooms and to knock the lights off when nobody is in the room. 17

18 In just one day, a dripping hot water tap can waste energy and enough water to fill a bath. Make sure the taps are off! An ordinary shower uses only two-fifths of the hot water needed for a bath. (Shower with a friend – it saves even more!). Showers 5L/minute. Power Showers 15L/min. You could easily save €100 and carbon dioxide emissions on water heating every year by taking shorter showers, and not baths, and using slightly lower temperatures. Condensation – reducing the amount of water vapour in the air will reduce the risk of condensation. Keep bathroom and kitchen doors closed where possible and open windows to let steam escape. Using an extractor fan can cost as little as 0.5p per hour, so use one to keep condensation at bay. Check your hot water thermostat. Water should be heated to 60°C/140°F – any lower and bacteria may not be killed off, any higher and there is a risk of scolding. But one can heat water to 40 degrees for one to two weeks and then heat to 60 degrees once. This will save energy as very little cold water needs to be added to 40 degree water in order to wash. 18 The Bathroom

19 With water saving shower head you can easily reduce your warm water need by one third A saving showerhead can use 5 to 7 while a power shower uses 15 litre water/min, Saves up to € 25 per year Shower

20 The Airing Cupboard Make sure your hot water tank is properly insulated. It should have either solid, foam insulation or a jacket which is at least 75mm (3”) thick. Jackets cost approximately €15 are available from most DIY stores and are easy to fit. Save you up to €20 per year! Save a tonne of CO2 within 6 and a half years Are the pipes which carry the hot water away from your hot water tank insulated? These bear pipes are wasting energy – insulate them to keep the heat in the water. Use a clothes horse first. Make sure you warm and dry your clothes in the cupboard after they come off your clothes horse. Tumble drying is expensive! 20

21 Standby

22 Electricity Meter Box 22

23 Displays 23

24 24 LCD Display

25 25 Some useful sites: and then got to ‘your home’

26 OIL WIDGET – detail………… 26

27 27 Energy Neighbourhoods Packs Currently being adapted for use in Ireland by TEA. Contains: Your Administrators Pack Flyer Poster Information document Covenant slip Manual (15 page) Frequently asked questions document Energy Master Pack Manual Householders Pack DIY audit Meter Chart in Xcel Overview of requirements (10 questions) Social Fun Save money European Aspect Competition Challenge Behaviour Habits Energy Master

28 Contact Details Email: Phone: 052 43090 Address: Craft Granary, Church Street, Cahir, Tipperary 28 Thanks! Congrats! Well done.

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