As a society in general, we are increasingly becoming aware of the need to retrofit our homes.To design and create a truly energy-efficient home, we need to understand how the house works as an interrelated and interdependent system. There are different elements in the house than will affect how energy efficient it is. Draughty doors may lead to heat escaping from your home no matter how efficient your heating system is. By installing energy-efficient windows, it can lead to condensation and mold if the house has not proper ventilation.
A deep retrofit looks at taking a whole-house approach to saving energy in the home. You may need to consider the overall effect of a combination of the most appropriate energy measures. The aim is to achieve a long term energy-efficient house. A deep retrofit can also be easily understood in considering what it isn’t. Deep retrofits are not an energy upgrade based on one or two energy measures. This is often known as a shallow retrofit. This is where you carry out minimal upgrades. Whereas with a deep retrofit, single measures are not discussed on their own.
Insulating your attic
By insulating your attic, you can reduce your heating bills by improving your energy efficiency. It will also help to increase your home comfort levels. Another huge benefit is to help support the climate. This can be done by reducing your own greenhouse gas emissions.
You are also entitled to a grant through the SEAI Home Energy Grants programme to help you improve your home insulation.
A home loses 20-30%, on average, of its heat through its roof. This is if it is not properly insulated. This loss not only costs you money in higher heating bills, but it also harms the environment by increasing greenhouse gas emissions.
The SEAI Home Energy Grants programme was designed to offer grants to help you improve the insulation of your home. This can be done through the rafter insulation or insulation of your attic. Attic insulation is generally the most cost-effective of any energy efficiency upgrade made to a house. You have to consider the potential cost savings that can be achieved on your monthly heating bills. You may have already insulated your roof and find that you may still be losing heat if there is not enough insulation. It may also be damaged or if it is not correctly installed. These are all ways to improve your existing house in a cost-effective manner.
Further information on grants are available from SEAI: https://www.seai.ie/publications/Homeowners-Guide-To-Attic-Rafter-Insulation
There are numerous grants available for changing to renewable sources of energy. For further information on home energy grants please visit SEAI.
Loft insulation is effective for at least 40 years, and it will pay for itself over and over again in that time – in an uninsulated home a quarter of your heat is lost through the roof. Save that waste and reduce your heating bills now!
Did you know that around a third of all the heat lost in an uninsulated home goes through the walls?
The heat will always flow from a warm area to a cold one. In winter, the colder it is outside, the faster heat from your home will escape into the surrounding air.
Most houses built from the 1990s onwards were built with insulation in the walls to keep the heat in, but if your house is older than that it may not have any wall insulation at all. If this is the case then you’re paying good money to heat the outside air, instead of just heating your home. Luckily most types of wall can be insulated in one way or another
Solar Panels in Ireland
Solar panels in Ireland have become extremely popular in recent times. Pv solar panels generate electricity, and in turn, this electricity can be used to power all the electrical needs in your home. Solar panels work very well in Ireland.
Customers who have chosen solar panels have benefited from seeing their electricity bills slashed by up to 80% in some cases. Many people thought that Ireland was not sunny enough, many people mistook them for thermal panels (hot water only) etc. In recent times people are also becoming more aware of the importance of protecting our environment.
Our reliable and professional solar power installers are able to provide hassle-free renewable energy systems for commercial and civic buildings. We are able to install solar panels for commercial buildings as well as industrial and agricultural buildings, whether in the private or public sector, using our extensive experience to provide a service that is well suited for businesses and organisations.
Our Solar systems offer
- Pollution Free Renewable Electricity
- A to Z Solar PV Analysis, Design & Installation
- Years of Electrical Experience
- The highest rate of customer satisfaction in Utah
- Licensed Electricians to install every system
Gas Central Heating
LPG is a reliable energy solution that can power your home heating and appliances anytime, anywhere, even off the grid.
- LPG – 100% renewable energy
If your aim is to reduce your carbon footprint, then BioLPG is one of the options you may decide on. LPG is exclusively available in Ireland. It is perfect for homes and businesses aiming to reduce their carbon footprint. LPG is identical in appearance and performance to conventional LPG. It is used for the same applications and equipment and transported and stored in the same tanks. The only difference is the difference in how it is made.
- 100% Green Electricity
If you are looking for another renewable energy source, then Green Electricity may be what you may be looking for. There are companies offering customers an option to change to 100% Green Electricity Price plan for a brighter energy future.
- Estimated Annual Bill (EAB)
€1056 (Electricity, 24hr urban) incl. VAT.
€1735 (Dual Fuel, 24hr urban) incl. VAT.
Functional, stylish & practical new builds.
How Much Does It Cost when considering a deep retrofit?
The cost of a deep retrofit remains high when compared to a shallow retrofit. The average costs prior to grant funding can range from €35,000 to €75,000. It can sometimes cost even more. Grants of up to 35% may be available from SEAI via SuperHomes.
A deep retrofit approach tends to be more attractive in certain circumstances, such as when an older house is undergoing wholesale renovation. It can also be an option when an old inefficient boiler is coming to the end of its life. Sometimes if a house is so poorly performing a shallow retrofit is not a realistic option.
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