Today I had high hopes of getting lots of advice for my new house. I was heading off to an eco fair where I would meet a human being from the SEAI sustainable energy authority of Ireland, face to face, ask questions, find out about grants and generally get advice on how I move my inefficient new (80 yr old stone built but new to me) home up in the energy ratings. It’s currently G, the worst possible rating!
How wrong I was 😔
There was no human from the SEAI. There were some of their fliers that someone else had brought – just like I do when I go to energy events.
Thankfully Duncan Stewart was there imparting words of wisdom. I didn’t want to hog the floor with all my questions so I listened and learned. I learned about insulation; external, attic and cavity wall. I learned about windows; triple glaze north facing but double glaze south facing. Move windows out to fit with external insulation. Little tips that completely turned my plans on their head!
So now I won’t get new windows in first. I’ll insulate the external walls. Or perhaps I’ll get the extension done first. Or the roof ………..
His message was clear – climate change is real and co-ops are the way to go.
A wise woman suggested I blog progress on my house so I’ll do my best. Please feel free to ask questions, share tips or generally use this space to inform everyone of what we can do to raise the energy rating of our homes. I’d love to retrofit to passive house standard but I don’t think my budget will cover it.
Contrary to some peoples belief I am not very energy literate. I don’t understand half the facts and figures so I feel like I’m in the dark with this project. I get policy. I get the process for planing. I get participation but I do not get kilowatts and the rest. This will be a major learning and I’m enjoying being in deeper on the confused consumer side – it will help me feed into policy from that angle.
Should be fun – I’m dreading it!
May 3rd 2015