Frost concerns efficient users
Frosty weather tends to focus the minds of householders on energy efficiency, according to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
Dr Brian Motherway told the Teagasc Energy Efficiency Conference that the SEAI receives up to 1,000 phone calls per day during cold and frosty weather from people seeking information on how to reduce their home and office heating bills.
Dr Motherway said Ireland was on the cusp of a revolution in energy use and improving energy efficiency was a great way to spend money in Ireland, rather than sending it abroad.
British leading CHP unit usage
British Sugar is one of a number of companies leading the way on using combined heat and power (CHP) units to heat glasshouses for horticulture production.
Cornerways Nursery in Norfolk, which is owned by British Sugar, is heated by 240 miles of piping carrying hot water from the sugar factory's CHP plant
Cornerways Nursery is one and a half times the size of the entire Irish tomato industry, producing 140m tomatoes per year. It saves €60,000 per heat on heating cost by using CHP.
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