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  • Title: Energy Advice
    Descriptive info: .. Search Energy Advice:.. Loading.. Home.. About.. Energy Advice.. Benefits.. Living Alone.. Housing.. Fuel Benefit.. Condensation.. Insulation.. Grants.. Heating.. Understand Your ESB Bill.. Media Gallery.. HSE Service for the Elderly.. Warmer Homes Scheme.. CIC Fuel benefit Scheme.. Low Income Housing Programme.. Services.. Find a Service.. Links to Services.. Contact Us.. Members Log In.. ||.. Sign Up.. Welcome to Energy Advice.. News Features.. Where are the Fuel Poor.. Dr Bill Sheldrik one the foremost experts on fuel poverty in these islands addressed the Energy Action Fuel Poverty Conference in Dublin Castle this week with a provocative paper challenging the apparent airbrushing of the fuel poor out of current government's policy frames.. Read more.. "Affordable Energy Strategy" undermined by government within weeks of launch.. Minister Rabbitte launches.. "Affordable Energy Strategy".. while government reduce "Fuel Allowances" by six weeks in the December budget.. SEAI reduced the level of grants available for certain forms of insulation thereby effetively removing poorer households from availing of these grants, the gap to make up is too wide in current financials conditions for many households.. Fuel PovertyOlder People and Cold Weather: An All-Island Analysis.. The report features a review of national fuel poverty statistics relating to older people as well as an analysis of excess winter deaths among older people in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.. The research was carried out by a group comprising Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH), Centre of Excellence in Public Health in Northern Ireland and Brunel University London and funded by the Centre for Ageing, Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI).. Fuel poverty 'will claim 2,700 victims this winter'.. Almost 3,000 people in England and Wales will die this winter because they cannot afford to heat their homes, a report suggests more than the number killed  ...   AIRTRICITY CUSTOMERS are to be hit with gas price increases of more than 20 per cent and electricity price hikes of more than 12 per cent starting in September.. Inflation down from 2.. 7% to 2.. 2 % over year to August 2011, but energy up 7%.. CSO issued Consumer Price Index figures to the end of August show inflation coming down from 2.. 2% on the year to August end 2011.. The most notable changes in the year were increases in Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas Other Fuels (+7.. 2%), Miscellaneous Goods Services (+6.. 2%), Health (+3.. 4%) and Transport (+3.. 2%).. Programme for Government 2011-2016.. What the current government intends doing to address households that are vulnerable to fuel poverty.. Fuel Poverty:.. Check out:.. The Irish Governments fuel poverty strategy,.. Warmer Homes A strategy for Affordable energy in Ireland.. Dec 2011 Fuel Poverty,.. Older People and Cold Weather: An all-island analysis.. different challenges facing older people in keeping warm.. more.. Sept 2011 Report :.. Report of the Commission of Older People Older people experiences and issues.. VdeP.. Oct 2011 The.. Hills Fuel Poverty Review.. found that if just 10% of UK winter deaths are caused by fuel poverty a conservative estimate it claims 2,700 people will perish as a direct result of being fuel poor.. Energy Action's conference February 2012 more.. EnergyAction conference 2001.. Conference Presentations.. Web Site.. Fuel Poverty Hub.. is managed by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland.. Latest news:.. Click.. here.. for the latest stories from the media.. Community Members :.. Become a member and gain access to our database, training modules and resources.. Sign up.. Energy Advice:.. Grants available to householders to improve their comfort and reduce energy costs and consumption.. Click here.. Fuel Poverty, Issues and Responses in Ireland.. : Review of Fuel Poverty Strategy in NI..

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    Descriptive info: About Us.. Site Promoters: EnergyAdvice.. ie is a independent web site promoted by Energy Action.. Energy Action is a registered charity with a mission to address the thermal needs of the elderly and other groups in Irish society who live in poorly insulated houses with inadequate heating provision.. An Editorial Board has overview of the site and comprises of interested organisations including, voluntary and community representative, representatives of  ...   to acknowledge the support of OSI and ESRI in delivering the.. mapping.. sections of the site.. Leave a comment;.. News.. HSE Service for the Elderly.. Warmer Homes Scheme Community Organisations.. CIC Fuel benefit Scheme.. Low Income Housing Programme.. Contact Us.. Media Gallery.. Des Bishop Unplugged.. Watch Des grapple with home energy issues from insulation to getting a BER cert and more in our media gallery.. Click here for more..

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    Descriptive info: Advice: Benefits.. Increase for Living Alone.. The.. Increase for Living Alone.. is a supplementary payment for people in Ireland on Irish social welfare pensions who are living alone.. It is also available to people under the age of 66 who get certain other payments from the Department of Social and Family Affairs.. Aged 80 increase.. If you are getting an Irish social welfare pension, you automatically get an increase in your pension when you reach 80 years of age..

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    Descriptive info: Increase for Living on a Specified Island.. This is an increase in the weekly payment of certain payments from the DSFA, or the EU equivalent, to people who are aged 66 or over and living on a specified island off the coast of Ireland.. Increase for Living on a Specified Island.. is to compensate for the additional costs of living on these islands when compared to living on the mainland.. Household Benefits Package.. includes the Electricity or Natural Gas Allowance, Free TV Licence and Telephone Allowance.. If you are aged 70 or over, you qualify regardless of your income or who lives with you.. The scheme may also be available to people aged 66 and over who get certain social welfare  ...   older people living in rural areas.. By paying the grant the local authority aims to help the person stay in his/her own home.. Contact your local authority.. Home care packages.. Home Care Support Scheme.. (or Home Care Package Scheme) is operated by the HSE.. This Scheme aims to support people at risk of long-term care to remain living in the community.. Find out more.. Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability.. If your home needs to be adapted to enable you to continue to live there, you may qualify for a.. Mobility Aids Grants Scheme.. Mobility Aids Grant Scheme.. provides grants to address mobility problems in the home, for example, the grant can be used for access ramps or a stair-lift..

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  • Title: Energy Advice
    Descriptive info: Advice:.. Benefits.. National Fuel Scheme.. is a means-tested payment to help people who cannot afford their own heating costs.. You may qualify if you get certain payments from the Department of Social and Family Affairs or the EU equivalent.. If you live in an area where there is a ban on smoky coal, you may also get a smokeless fuel supplement.. Warmer Homes Scheme.. Under this Scheme, services such as attic insulation and draught-proofing are provided by community-based organisations to low-income households in many parts of the country.. The criteria for qualifying for the scheme can vary in different areas and there may be a small fee.. For local provider details, see.. Greener Homes Scheme.. helps homeowners to purchase new renewable energy heating systems for their home.. Further information and application forms are available from.. your local Citizen Information Centre.. and the Citizens Information Phone Service at Lo-Call 1890 777 121.. Contact Citizens Information.. If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the.. Citizens Information.. Phone Service on lo-call 1890 777 121 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm).. Useful resources.. Checklist: entitlements for older people.. The lists below are to help you to check out all the main services and  ...   Pension.. See also: Habitual residence.. Other payments.. Household Benefits Package.. Free Travel.. National Fuel Scheme.. Smokeless Fuel Allowance.. Living Alone Allowance.. Island Increase.. Farm Retirement Scheme.. Carer s Benefit.. Carer s Allowance.. Respite Care Grant.. Mobility Allowance.. Private pensions.. Occupational pensions.. Personal pensions.. Personal Retirement Savings Accounts (PRSAs).. Grants/supports.. Mobility Aids Grant Scheme.. Housing Aid for Older People Scheme.. Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability.. Voluntary Housing Organisations.. Other.. Waiver of Refuse Charges.. Waiver of Water Charges.. Rent/Mortgage Supplement.. Health Services.. Medical.. Medical card.. Long-Term Illness Scheme.. Drugs Payment Scheme.. Hospital Charges (including in-patient charges, long-stay charges and out-patient charges).. Community Care Services.. Home help.. Public health nursing.. Chiropody, Aural and Dental services.. Home Care Support Scheme/Home Care Grant.. Supplementary Welfare.. General.. Diet.. Heating.. Exceptional and urgent needs.. Income Tax.. Credits and allowances.. General/Age Tax Credit.. Blind Person's Tax Credit.. Dependent Relative Tax Credit.. Home Carer's Tax Credit.. Deeds of Covenant.. Service Charges (for example, water or refuse charges).. Tax Exemption and Marginal Relief.. DIRT.. Rent relief.. Renting out a room in your own house.. Illness.. Medical expenses.. Employment of a carer.. Assistive Technology.. Assist Ireland.. Concessions for over 70 s.. Passport; free.. Driving licences: free.. Legal.. Making a will.. Power of Attorney..

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  • Title: Energy Advice
    Descriptive info: Energy Advice: Condensation.. Condensation Dampness.. In many houses, the inside surfaces of single-glazed windows often become damp due to condensation.. This is particularly noticeable in the mornings in unheated rooms in an otherwise well-heated house.. However, the same process can take place on any relatively cold surface such as an outside wall.. Provided the amounts of moisture are small and infrequent and that they evaporate fairly quickly, this will not usually harm the building.. However, if dampness due to condensation persists for lengthy periods, it can damage the building s structure and interior décor.. Signs of condensation problems include the following:.. Frequent condensation on windows in winter, with  ...   cooking by boiling, keeping the lids on pots will reduce steam generation as well as saving energy.. Do not allow water that has condensed on cold water pipes to run down to where it may cause damage or present a safety hazard.. If condensation occurs within cupboards mounted on external walls, leave the cupboard doors open to ventilate the affected surfaces.. Insulate the wall at the back of the cupboard to prevent recurrence.. Some buildings can take time to dry out.. Extra heat and ventilation may be needed to evaporate and expel moisture during the first winter after construction and care may be needed in mopping up condensation..

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    Descriptive info: Advice: Insulation.. Payback from Insulation Measures.. Based on the cost of carrying out various measures to improve energy efficiency in the home, the length of time for the investment to pay for itself can be calculated once the savings from the measure are calculated.. Typical payback periods for a range of measures are shown in the table below.. The costs of the measures  ...   considered as indicative only.. Measure.. Cost ( ).. Annual Savings ( ).. Payback Period.. (years).. Cavity insulation fill.. 565.. 120.. 4.. 7.. Attic insulation.. 345.. 50.. 6.. 9.. Hot water tank insulation.. 15.. 30.. 0.. 5.. Hot water pipe insulation.. 12.. 1.. 0.. Draughtproofing.. 265.. 40.. 6.. Floor insulation suspended timber floor.. 100.. 20.. 5.. Condensing Boiler.. 375.. 125.. 3.. Heating Controls.. 70.. 4..

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  • Title: Energy Advice
    Descriptive info: National Energy Efficiency Action Plan.. Maximising Ireland's Energy Efficiency - The National Energy Efficiency Action Plan 2009 - 2020.. Domestic Grants for SEI:.. Greener Homes Scheme.. *NEW* Home Energy Saving scheme (Insulation Grants).. Commercial Grants from SEI:.. Renewable Heat Deployment Programme.. Combined Heat Power Deployment Programme.. Low Carbon Homes.. Incubator Programme.. Public Sector programme.. Support for Exemplar Energy Efficiency Projects (SEEEP)..

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  • Title: Energy Advice
    Descriptive info: Advice: Heating.. Types of Heaters.. There are a wide range of room heaters both fixed and portable types.. The fixed types include:.. Electric radiant fire.. an electric radiant fire normally has 1,2 or 3 electrical elements , each with an output of 0.. 6kW - 1kW in front of a curved reflective metal surface.. They may be either extremely simple or be fitted with log or coal effect which uses a low wattage light to give the impression of a warm fire.. The output varies from 1kW to 3kW.. Electric storage heater.. these heaters have electric elements which heat a very dense thermal block located inside the heater casing.. Nowadays, the thermal block consists of calcium silicate.. When heated, these thermal blocks have the capacity to store heat for many hours while slowly releasing it.. The storage heaters are controlled by time switches and metered separately so that they are only supplied with electricity during the off-peak night hours when electricity is cheaper.. Off-peak times are 12 midnight to 9am in summertime and 11pm to 8am in wintertime.. Storage heaters typically range in output from 1.. 7kW to 3.. 4kW depending on the model selected.. Electric oil-filled radiator.. these look like central radiators but have an electric element that heats up oil inside the radiator.. Output sizes vary from 0.. 75 to 3kW.. They are expensive to run as they operate on standard day rate electricity.. Electric underfloor heater.. operate  ...   in terms of heat output for fuel input.. Indeed most of the heat goes up the chimney and thus these fires are expensive to run.. Solid fuel open fire.. in the past this was the only type of heater.. Such fires are thermally inefficient (about 30%) and the chores of refueling and regular cleaning remain.. Solid fuel room heater.. an improvement of the open fire, the room heater is both safer and more efficient (60%).. The heat passes into the room through glass doors.. Portable heater types include:.. Electric radiant fire.. these emit radiant heat whilst producing a red glow simulating a real fire.. They usually have 2 -3 bars.. Electric fan heater.. this heater blows out hot air.. They are thermostatically controlled and capable of warming a large area very quickly, with model sizes typically 2kW to 3kW.. Electric convector heater.. used for providing background heat where central heating is absent.. these look like central heating radiators but have an electric element that heats up oil inside the radiator.. 75kW to 3kW.. Paraffin stove.. modern versions have improved efficiency and automatic cut-out if it falls over.. But, the major drawbacks remain such as smell, need for regular refueling, lack of thermostatic control and trouble condensation in the absence of adequate ventilation.. LPG heater.. these produce both radiant and convected warmth.. But there are drawbacks such as lack of thermostatic control and troublesome condensation in the absence of adequate ventilation..

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  • Title: Energy Advice
    Descriptive info: Understanding Gas and Electricity Meters and Bills.. The ESB Bill.. How to read your ESB Bill , what all the information on your bill means, point your cursor to the numbers on the bill for more informaiton.. click.. here.. for Interactive ESB bill.. Reading Meters.. The meter reader calls to read four times over ESB's six two-monthly billing cycles the sixth reading is estimated based on historical data for each customer.. When the reader fails to gain access to read the meter he or she leaves a card inviting the customer to dial in the reading to a special national number.. 1850 337 777.. (within Ireland only).. This is an Interactive Voice Response System available 24 hours every day.. If the ESB does not receive a reading in time it will issue a bill based on an estimate of the household s consumption.. The estimate is based on the household s typical pattern of consumption and it is usually quite close to the actual consumption.. Any over- or under-estimation will be corrected at the next actual reading.. However, if the estimated reading is considerably out of line, it can be adjusted once ESB is contacted at 1850 372 372.. Reading the ESB meter.. There are two main types of meter.. Standard Single Rate Meter.. These record all electricity usage on one dial.. This is the most common type of meter.. The reading on this meter is.. '23453'.. Double Tariff Meter.. There are two sets of readings on these meters, one for the electricity used during the day and another for electricity used at night.. These meters are used for Nightsaver customers who are charged a lower rate for electricity used at night.. The readings on this meter are:.. DAY '24621' and NIGHT '00049'.. Electrical energy consumption is measured in units known as kiloWatt-hours.. This is often abbreviated as kWh.. By reading your meter, you can keep a record of how much electricity you have used on, say, a daily or weekly basis.. To calculate the number of units used in a given period simply subtract the last reading taken from the current one.. The cost of what you have used can be calculated by  ...   A meter in this example is 7479.. Digital Meter.. If your meter has direct reading digits, like the diagram below, read the figures as they are shown.. Place the numbers in the corresponding squares.. Do not include digits in the red area.. The reading on Type B meter in this example is 8765.. Fuel debt and how to advise those with problems.. Fuel debt describes the situation when a household cannot afford to meet its current bills or else, while not in debt, cannot afford to purchase enough fuel to provide adequate heat for the household.. Several organisations provide services to assist those experiencing problems with fuel debt.. These are:.. Money and Budgeting Service (MABS).. There are 53 MABS office in Ireland.. Community Welfare Officers within the Health Boards.. Citizens Information Centres.. Centres for the Unemployed.. The current practice of the ESB and Bord Gais is to avoid disconnecting customers if at all possible.. Both companies have a variety of payment methods to suit customers who have difficulties with their bills and can make individual arrangements to suit the customer.. When households are having any difficulty wither electricity or gas bills, they should be encouraged to contact ESB or Bord Gais as soon as possible where they will made feel welcome to discuss their payment arrangements.. ESB has a number of schemes to assist those who may have budgeting difficulties for bill paying.. ESB has 60,000 households on the EASYPAY scheme.. Payments are made weekly or fortnightly in regular amounts.. All on this scheme have an EASYPAY card.. 25,000 households have budget controller ESB meters (also known as token meter).. These households hold the POWERPAY card.. 5 and 10 tokens are available for sale in paypoint outlets nationwide.. An Post operates the Household Budget Scheme for the DSCFA for all utilities.. This is a weekly payment scheme.. 7,000 ESB customer households are on this scheme.. Bord Gais will discuss suitable arrangements with customers whenever possible.. Bord Gais has a Gas card meter which allows customers to prepay for gas.. A pay-as-you-use Card allows customers to pay an amount in the post office each week.. Bord Gais also takes payments via the Household Budget scheme..

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  • Title: Energy Advice
    Descriptive info: Energy Advice: Media Gallery.. from ESB's Des Bishop.. Unplugged.. series of helpful videos.. Here.. Information, including budgeting, paying bills, your rights.. Here.. Fuel Poverty a series of 3 information videos for frontline service providers (UK).. Fuel Poverty information video (UK).. What TDs said about Fuel Poverty in the Dail.. MAKINGCENTS.. Information vids on your rights.. Video1 Know your Rights.. Video 2.. How to  ...   Information for font line workers on fuel poverty.. Video 1, Signs of fuel poverty.. Video 2 Simple things to do at home.. Video 3 : More simple tips on energy conservation.. Fuel Poverty.. Campaign.. Video.. Some TDs speaking on Fuel poverty in the last Dail.. (please note these are the only ones found on line, please let us know if tyhere are more).. __________________________________________________________________________..

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