Saving Energy at Home and in School

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Did you know?

Irish homes use about a quarter of all energy used in the country - that's even more than industry! Can you name some of the ways that energy is used at home and in school?

We all use energy at home and in school every day, we use electricity and other types of energy like oil and gas for heat, light, the TV, the cooker, the X-box, the interactive whiteboard and computers. There are lots of ways we can use less energy to do the same things, this is called being energy efficient. Being energy efficient means your home will be comfortable and cosy, you will save money on energy bills and you will be taking action against climate change!

What can we do?

There are different ways to save energy, some cost money and some cost nothing. Here are some examples:

  • Lowering your heating thermostat by just 1ºC will knock 10% off your heating bill. Check the temperature and if it's above 20ºC at home or 18 ºC turn it down.
  • Keep your curtains closed at night, even in empty rooms.
  • Switch off lights when leaving a room.
  • Close doors behind you.
  • Switch appliances off rather than leaving them on standby. This can save up to 20% of your appliances' energy use.

Use the links below to find out more and plan a campaign to inspire others to save energy and tackle climate change!

Useful websites

Download a Student energy logbook to help you look at energy use at school or order a hard copy from

International Energy Agency's 25 Bright Ideas website with tips on saving energy at home
Free iPhone app - Home Energy Manager
How much energy do appliances use? SEAI appliance calculator

ESB Energy Pal App
Energy fact translator – If you leave a light bulb on for five hours you use enough energy to toast five slices of bread
Susliving - hands-on workshops for Irish schools covering all aspects of sustainable living



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