What You Need To Know.

Energy Efficiency was established as a free and reliable source of information for energy efficiency in Ireland. We all know that we need to make changes – to reduce the environmental impact of our energy consumption while choosing the most cost-effective ways of heating our homes.

Energy Efficiency is a free service which helps Irish households take back control of their household energy costs through renewable energy. Our team of experts cover all areas of household energy efficiency, with a particular emphasis on solar energy, home insulation, home EV charging and residential heat pumps.

Solar Panels.

Solar panels are often the first upgrade people consider when thinking about improving their household’s energy efficiency. A properly sized and installed array of solar panels takes approximately 6.5 years to pay off. Every solar panel installer that we recommend use panels that have a 25-year minimum warranty, meaning that you will receive free electricity for at least 18.5 years – not bad, eh?

When it comes to going solar, is it critically important to avoid low quality installers. We highly recommend taking our online solar assessment and choosing from our meticulously vetted selection of reliable solar installation companies.

Heat Pumps.

Heats pumps have become a very popular choice for Irish homeowners in recent years as their primary source of heating and hot water. They are a very cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to heat homes using renewable energy.

Ireland’s Climate Action Plan calls for 400,000 homes to be retrofitted with heat pumps by 2030 and an additional 280,000 heat pumps are to be installed in new builds. The SEAI offers a range of extremely generous grants to encourage homeowners to install heat pumps, significantly reducing the initial installation costs.

We highly recommend that your home is well insulated before installing a heat pump, as this ensures that it works at peak efficiency.

Home Insulation.

Home insulation is often overlooked – but it is an extremely underrated home energy upgrade which many homeowners should consider. A properly insulated home may reduce your energy consumption by up to 80%!

Selecting and installing the correct insulation for your home can significantly reduce your heating bills, with many homeowners seeing a return on investment in as little as 4 years. All our recommended insulation materials come with long-term warranties, ensuring many years of comfort and low heating costs.

When thinking about upgrading your home’s insulation, it’s important to avoid substandard materials and second-rate installers. We advise taking our online home insulation assessment and selecting from our panel of thoroughly vetted, top-quality insulation providers.

EV Charging.

Everyone with an electric vehicle should install an EV charger at their home for a variety of reasons. Home EV charging (particularly at night) is a low cost, environmentally friendly way to power your vehicle.

The SEAI offers grants to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and home EV chargers.

Before installing an EV charger, it’s important to ensure that your home’s electrical system is adequately prepared to handle the load, ensuring maximum efficiency and safety.

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