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Thinking of connecting your home or business to the gas network? Over 550 businesses and nearly 8,000 homes in Tipperary are already connected to the network. Find out if you can connect your business or home today - it’s easier than you think.

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Benefits of using gas

  • 1. There are almost 720,000 homes and businesses that use and trust natural gas

  • 2. Produces less CO2 than other conventional fuels such as oil and coal

  • 3. No need for orders, deliveries, bulky fuel tanks or surprise payments

  • 4. Heats your home faster than electricity and other conventional fuels

  • 5. Can improve your building energy rating (BER)

  • 6. Can be easily combined with renewables such as solar panels

Energy saving tips for your home

There are a number of steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient and comfortable. We’ve included a list of tips below that can help you save energy, lower the carbon emissions of your home and reduce your energy bills.

Try and schedule your home heating to come on and off so that it is a fit with your day to day routine. Try and turn on your heating 30 minutes before you arrive home and turn it off 30 minutes before you don’t need it anymore. Your radiators will continue to provide heat for some time after the heating is turned off.

More and more Irish homeowners are investing in smarter heating controls to support them be more energy efficient. Most modern heating controls allow you to control temperature and time from your smartphone and are easily programmable to fit your daily and weekly schedule. The SEAI offer a grant of €700 to help Irish homeowners finance this upgrade.

You can save up to 10% on your heating bill by using the thermostat to reduce the temperature in your home by 1oC. It is recommended to maintain a comfortable temperature of 20°C in your main living areas while the temperature in your bedrooms and hallway can be kept slightly cooler between 15 to 18°C.

It is also recommended to use the valve on your radiators to reduce or just turn off the temperature in rooms that you do not spend significant time in.

The largest users of energy in your home are the shower, oven, dishwasher, washing machine and kettle.

Water heating makes up most of the energy used by a dishwasher and washing machine. To help reduce your energy costs, it is recommended that these appliances should be used at a lower temperature setting.

It is also better for the environment to try and use these appliances at times when there is lower energy demand. Where possible it is best to avoid turning it on at peak times between 7:00am to 9:00am in the morning and 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the evening.

When getting a snack or prepping for lunch and dinner, try not to leave the fridge door open for too long. It can take up to 45 minutes for a fridge to reach its original temperature for every 10 to 20 seconds the door is open. It is also recommended to defrost your freezer at least every 6 months to help it operate more efficiently.

Older oil-fired boilers are inefficient and expensive to operate because of the amount of fuel used to maintain adequate comfort levels and hot water in the home. Replacing a conventional heating system with a modern gas boiler can boost the comfort levels in your home while lowering the running costs, energy usage and harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Replacing an oil boiler and installing a new, 90% efficient gas boiler and time and temperature controls are great ways to use less energy, support the environment and further save on running costs.

It is also recommended to have your boiler serviced once a year by a registered gas installer. This will make it more operate more efficiently and ensure there are no issues from a safety perspective. When you are having your boiler serviced ask your plumber to explain the settings and how to use them correctly.

If you’ve got well insulated walls and attic, then the heat lost through poorly performing windows and doors could be even greater. Draught-proofing, fitted to doors, loft or attic hatches and windows improves airtightness and thermal comfort, reduces heat loss, improves noise insulation and reduces dust ingress.

Other simple steps you can take include closing doors in rooms that are heated when you enter or leave. When the sun is down you should close curtains to keep heat in and open them in the morning to let the sunlight in.

Correct lighting levels are essential for comfort, safety and for aesthetic effects. Fit efficient electric lighting and maximise the use of daylight. Using 100% LED, low energy lightbulbs is a quick, simple and affordable way to reduce your electricity use and energy bills.