Be energy-smart

In Ireland, our energy consumption has doubled since 1965. And much of the energy we consume is still produced from fossil fuels such as coal, oil, gas and even peat. Emissions from burning these fossil fuels are a huge contributor to global warming and climate change.

Ireland is committed to significantly increasing our national grid’s level of renewable energy by 2030 – this will mainly come from wind. But that won’t be enough. To allow a sustainable future, each of us must also reduce our overall consumption levels. 


Understand your energy use

  • Review your energy bills and, if possible, install a smart energy meter so you understand your energy consumption.
  • Borrow and use a Home Energy Savings Kit. 


Make your home more energy-efficient

  • Reduce consumption levels by turning off devices – don’t just put them on standby.
  • Run dishwashers/washing machines at night. This may also be cheaper if you have night rate electricity.
  • Join a local Sustainable Energy Community – we have one here in DCU – and see how you can improve your home’s energy efficiency. 
  • Research energy efficiency devices before buying new 


Follow these five house rules!

  • Last out – lights out.
  • Turn off heaters before you open any windows.
  • Lower your thermostat and put on a jumper!
  • Use a clothes line or rack to dry clothes.
  • Use energy-saving light bulbs.