According to a recent report published by the SEAI, provisional energy figures for 2015 show mixed results in terms of Ireland’s transition to a low-carbon energy economy. Ireland’s overall energy use and related CO2 emissions both increased by roughly 5%. While this increase was lower than economic growth at nearly 8% it signals a re-coupling of energy and economic growth. In the same period Ireland’s use of renewables for power, heat and transport increased by 13%.

The competing forces of Ireland’s energy system were particularly evident in the power generation sector. On the one hand wind generated electricity increased by 28%, accounting for over one fifth of all electricity in 2015. However this was offset by increased use of coal and peat in non-renewable electricity generation and a reduction in total electricity imports. The net effect was a marginal increase in the carbon intensity of electricity generation.

Commenting on the figures Dr Eimear Cotter, SEAI Head of Low Carbon Technologies said “These figures show the complexity of our energy system and the interplay of economic growth, renewable energy deployment and fossil fuel prices. Progress made in renewable energy deployment could be easily undone if we fail to decouple energy use from economic growth and accelerate the move away from fossil fuels, in particular high emissions-intensive fuels such as coal and peat. We need continued progress in energy efficiency in our homes and businesses and an increase in the use of renewables across all technologies in our energy system”.

 

For more details on how CosiHomes can help reduce your energy use & CO2 emissions CALL 1890 315 315 or EMAIL info@cosihomes.ie


June 13th, 2016

We all know insulation makes your home warmer in the winter but did you know it can also help keep your home cool in summer? Well it does, insulation and cooling go hand in hand.

 

Let us explain why insulation is still important in summer……… The actual impact of insulation is to slow the movement of heat between two spaces. What this means is that during the summer months the insulation will also prevent your home from overheating.

 

One of the best examples to illustrate how important insulation is in the summer is to visit your attic in the winter, with lots if insulation between the joists, you’ll notice the area is really cold. This is due to the heat being blocked from reaching the loft by all that thick insulation below you.

 

Now if you visit this same attic during the summer, you will notice that it is really hot up there. That is because the heat from the sun has warmed up the roof and attic space, but the insulation is slowing the movement of heat from the attic space down into the house.

 

You will also notice that a poorly insulated attic conversion is really cold in winter but also really hot in summer – another great example of how insulation helps to moderate the temperature in a home. Solid wall insulation does exactly the same thing – It means there is no need to put on the Air con during the summer months helping to save you money then too.

 

So as you can see from the above, home insulation is important as a winter energy saver but also to help keep your home cool this summer. Just remember, insulation is a barrier and as such it will stop heat from transferring across it, no matter what the direction.

 

For more details on how CosiHomes can help keep your home cool this summer CALL 1890 315315 or EMAIL info@cosihomes.ie


May 26th, 2016

 

Did you know that under the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme some home owners in Ireland are entitled to free home insulation?

As a homeowner you are eligible to apply if your home was built before 2006 & you are currently in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  1. Family Income Supplement
  2. Fuel Allowance
  3. One Parent Family Payment
  4. Jobseeker’s allowance for over 6 months with at least 1 child under the age of 7

 

If you fulfil the above criteria, the energy saving measures available for free under this scheme are:

 

  • Free Cavity Wall Insulation
  • Free Attic Insulation
  • Free Draught Proofing
  • Free Low Energy Light Bulbs
  • Free Hot Water Tank Lagging Jackets

 

This Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme has also been allocated additional funding in 2016. If you don’t qualify for this scheme – you could qualify for grants towards the cost of a new boiler or home insulations.

 

For more details on how CosiHomes can check out if you are entitled to Free Home Insulation CALL 1890 315315 or EMAIL info@cosihomes.ie


April 29th, 2016

Ireland is still heavily dependent on energy imports or imported fossil fuels according to the “Energy Security in Ireland” report published by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). The report shows that in 2014, we still import 85% of our energy, at a cost of €5.7 billion to the country.

In 2014, 97% of imports were fossil fuels; oil (56%) , natural gas (31%), and coal (10%). The remainder was electricity (2%), and biofuels (1%). Indigenous energy production in 2014 comprised of peat (47%) renewable energy sources (44%), natural gas (6%) and non-renewable wastes (3%).

Commenting on the report Dr Eimear Cotter, Head of Low Carbon Technologies with SEAI said: “In 2014, 15% of our energy came from indigenous resources with renewable energy now starting to make a significant contribution. However the remaining 85% of our energy requirements came from abroad, costing us more than €15 million every day. 

This is a lost opportunity in terms of keeping this money here in Ireland and further developing our abundant renewable resources. The transport sector in particular relies almost entirely on imported oil. Options to reduce this dependency include reducing energy demand by being smarter about how we use transport and using clean fuels including bioenergy.

Dr Cotter continued: “Ireland’s energy security is affected as oil and gas production in the EU declines and imports come from outside the EU such as from North Africa and the Middle East. Meanwhile, we have plentiful clean and renewable resources here in Ireland. Maximising these resources will reduce our dependence on costly imported energy and improve Ireland’s standing as a sustainable and self-sufficient economy.

There is much to be gained from reducing this import dependency and developing our own indigenous and renewable energy resources. The benefits include reduced exposure of our energy system to volatile imported fossil fuels and reduced emissions.

 

For more details on how CosiHomes can help cut your home heating bills by up to 25%CALL 1890 315315 or EMAIL info@cosihomes.ie


March 21st, 2016

Do you really need to insulate the cavity walls in your home? The simple answer in our opinion is yes. Let us summarise the reasons why you need cavity wall insulation.

 

  • Improved health benefits for your family (Less mould, better air quality, removal of respiratory irritants that may cause allergies
  • A warmer and more comfortable home.
  • Less noise coming from outside into your home.
  • Even out temperatures in the various rooms
  • Remove drafts
  • Save money with lower energy bills
  • A Greener home
  • Easier to sell your home
  • Reduce dampness

 

For more details on how CosiHomes can help cut your home heating bills by up to 25%CALL 1890 315315 or EMAIL info@cosihomes.ie


February 11th, 2016

A question we get asked a lot by our customers is “Do I need to install a new boiler” when they ring us or when we are onsite doing a free home energy audit.

If you find yourself asking the same question, see the below checklist to determine whether or not you need to install a new boiler. If your answer yes to the majority of the below questions, it would definitely benefit you to look into getting a new high efficiency boiler.

 

Boiler Replacement Checklist

 

  • Was my current boiler installed over 10 years ago?
  • Has my heating bill been increasing in recent years?
  • Am I spending increasing amounts of money replacing parts on my current boiler?
  • Is my current boiler too big for my needs? (Are there less people in my house now, do I need less heat and hot water?)
  • Does my boiler service engineer recommend that I change my boiler soon?
  • Does my boiler emit more smoke when operating than it used to?
  • Does my boiler make more noise when operating than it used to?

 

So if you have more yes answers to the above, it’s a sure thing that it’s time to consider installing a new boiler in your home.

For more details on how CosiHomes can save you up to 25% on your home heating costs with a new boiler – CALL 1890 315315 or EMAIL info@cosihomes.ie


January 7th, 2016

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