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.