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  • Homes of the Future Become A Reality Today.

    Nov 25, 12 • Energy, FeaturedNo Comments
    Homes of the Future Become A Reality Today.

    In November 2009 the BBC ran a story about a planned housing scheme in East Belfast which promised that “new homes will be so energy efficient that they are to be built without central heating systems.” These “No Central Heating” homes were described as ‘Future proof’. Three years on, what have we learned from the ...

  • Coal Merchants Dublin see upturn as winter bites

    Nov 9, 12 • Energy, FeaturedNo Comments
    Coal Merchants Dublin see upturn as winter bites

    With the Irish economy still in serious difficulties, and those slight signs of recovery yet to emerge, many people have been taking a look at all aspects of household expenditure, including trying to better manage those regular bills that land on the door mat every month or two. An obvious place to start is with home heating costs. Right now in ...

  • Small Wind Turbines – An Irish User’s Guide

    Nov 5, 12 • Energy, FeaturedNo Comments
    Small Wind Turbines – An Irish User’s Guide

    In the last few years, more and more small wind turbines are popping up around Ireland. This is testament to the ‘wind bug’ that enthusiasts get when they start looking into the technology. Wind energy is clean and infinite and the fuel is free! However, the situation in the Republic of Ireland is still such ...

  • Renewable Energy Options for the Home – Part 2 (Solar Energy)

    Nov 5, 12 • Energy, FeaturedNo Comments
    Renewable Energy Options for the Home – Part 2 (Solar Energy)

    The sun is a very powerful source of energy which powers natural cycles on earth like wind, water flow and plant growth.. Solar power is the technology of obtaining energy from the sun. There are three approaches to gain maximum benefit of solar energy in our buildings. Passive Solar Passive solar technologies convert sunlight into ...

  • Renewable Energy Options For The Home – Part 1

    Nov 5, 12 • Energy, FeaturedNo Comments
    Renewable Energy Options For The Home – Part 1

    The use of energy in our homes is inescapable, providing heating and electricity within the home. Traditionally, we have been reliant on fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil to provide for our energy needs. Fossil fuels by nature are a finite resource and will eventually run-out. In addition to this, they are damaging ...

  • Problems you might encounter with Drinking Water

    Nov 5, 12 • WaterNo Comments
    Problems you might encounter with Drinking Water

    One of the most important things you will need in your home is a good, clean water supply. Depending on where you are located, you may be able to connect to a mains water supply or a group water scheme. These schemes are governed by local authorities and for the most part they meet E.U. ...

  • Self Build Insurance Cover in Ireland

    Nov 5, 12 • Featured, InsuranceNo Comments
    Self Build Insurance Cover in Ireland

    You have often heard of the phrase ‘As safe as a house’, but how safe is it under construction? What happens when self-builds go wrong? You’ve found the perfect location, designed your dream home and are about to start on one of the most challenging, rewarding and costly projects of your life – building your ...

  • Self Build Mortgages in Ireland Explained

    Nov 5, 12 • FinanceNo Comments
    Self Build Mortgages in Ireland Explained

    Self-Build Mortgages are a common topic of confusion for those planning to build a home in Ireland, from issues surrounding eligibility and requirements through to how payments are made once approved. SelfBuildInIreland.com spoke to Michael Glynn of Mortgage Plus, Ireland’s leading mortgage broker about the options for the self-build market. If you are looking to finance ...