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Sustainable Energy Week 2010

The past week was designated as European Sustainable Energy Week 2010. It provided us with a timely reminder to take steps towards being more energy efficient and to look at simple ways to cut down on energy usage, while at the same time saving money and protecting our environment from pollution.

Did you know that if you turn your central heating thermostat down by 10C you could save 10% on your heating bill?

Other useful tips for reducing home energy bills include:
1. Make sure that your heating system is serviced annually to make sure it's working correctly and efficiently, saving you money in the long run.
2. If building a new home, optimise solar energy by ensuring you have south facing windows. Installing solar panels provides you with up to 60% of your hot water requirements for the year.
3. Remember to turn off lights when you're not using them. Lighting accounts for 10-15% of your electricity bill
4. Did you know that a low energy light bulb will last up to 10 times longer than an ordinary bulb and use almost 75% less electricity to give the same amount of light?
5. Insulate your hot water cylinder and hot water pipes with a thick lagging jacket. The cost will be recouped within months.
6. Insulating your attic will pay for itself within 2-3 years. An un-insulated attic can allow up to 30% of the heat to escape.
7. Look for "A" rated appliances when choosing appliances for the home. They are more energy efficient, better for the environment and the extra cost will soon be recouped through energy savings.
8. Leaving your TV or PC monitor on standby mode all night wastes enough energy to microwave six dinners. Turn off those little red lights!
9. Over 20% of heat can be lost through draughty, ill-fitting doors and windows. Draught proofing your home will not only make you more comfortable but will pay for itself within one to two years.
10. Only use your washing machine or dishwasher when you have a full load. When boiling the kettle, use only the amount of water you need.
(From North Tipperary County Council & Tipperary Energy Agency March 2010)

Green Home Programme

Green Home is an extension of the Green Flag programme which has been so successful in our schools. The scheme focuses on waste, energy, water and travel associated with the household and home, promoting and facilitating sustainable behaviour for the environment among householders. Why not sign up to the Green Home Programme at - it will help save you money and should be fun.

To report any littering or illegal dumping, please phone North Tipp County Council's
freephone Litterline on 1800 250 350.

For any serious cases of illegal dumping, you can phone the EPA 24 hour phone service
on lo-call 1850 365 121

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