Wednesday 21 March 2018

Reducing bills means tapping into our own resources

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

The €6.7bn we spend on imported fossil fuels is money lost to the economy. It's obvious that we need to reduce consumption and find smarter ways of producing the energy we need from indigenous sources.

The best technology available to us would seem to mean that wind power would appear to be our best option. Critics say it's an expensive power source. Not the case in Ireland, says the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), noting that as a "windy" country it is cheap to produce.

But energy efficiency is also key, and some 250,000 homeowners have already upgraded their properties, making them warmer and cheaper to heat.

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