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  • THE GREEN COLUMN: WHY ARE MY ELECTRICITY BILLS TOO HIGH?

    first_imgElectricity: Why are my bills too high?By Jim DuffyLast  month, I opened by electricity bill and almost had a heart attack. I was expecting it to be around €120-160. Due to the snow, we had been home a little more than usual but it was it was an unaffordable €290. But then I spotted the ‘E’ which means estimate.  Aha, there was hope!!I went through a few cabinet drawers to find that elusive key to open the meter box key (they cost a euro in any hardware shop). Finally, with key in hand and bill I ran outside and opened the meter box. I spied the current meter reading and wrote it down on the bill. Low and behold, the actual reading was much less than the estimate.So now, I worked out what I actually owed. It was only €140- less than ½  of what I was being charged. (If you don’t how to work this out don’t worry just ring the supplier you are with and tell them the actual reading and then request they reissue a new bill.)Ok I know that when the meter guy comes and reads the bill next time I will get a nice soft bill, but you know what I would rather hang onto my cash now.  The basics: The electricity you consume is counted in Units or kWh (kilo-watt-hours). The number of units you are charged for are based on  the difference  of two readings. One or both of these readings could be an estimate.You pay around 15cent per unit depending on supplier – this rate usually makes up the majority of the bill. A kWh or kilowatt is 1000Watts used in one hour.It’s like ten (one hundred Watt) bulbs on for 1 hour OR  one (one hundred watt) bulb on for 10hours both  costs 15cEnergy is what you pay for and can be simply summed up as POWER x TIME How to save money on bills?Change your supplier to get the cheapest price/unit. There are now four suppliers to the domestic market making it more competitive than in the past.SupplierTelephoneWebsiteEsb Ireland1850 372 372http://www.esb.ie/Bord Gais1850485868https://www.thebigswitch.ieAirtricity1850818110http://www.airtricity.comEnergia1850363744http://www.energia.ieReduce the power or wattage (Change out all your standard lights now – don’t wait for them to die). Chose A-rated electrical appliancesReduce the Time your appliances are on. Using timers, occupancy or daylight dimmingFor commercial businesses bills are a little more complicated particular with regard to the appropriate tariffs. Nevertheless substantial savings can be made by understanding if the business is on the correct tariff and availing of a free energy assessment from SEAI.If you would like any more information on your domestic or commercial bills please feel free to call me on 085-7190000 or send your question to [email protected] the meantime, the next time your passing a hardware shop don’t forget to pick up your meter box key and avoid the chest pains. THE GREEN COLUMN: WHY ARE MY ELECTRICITY BILLS TOO HIGH? was last modified: April 19th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalelectricity billsGreen Columnlast_img read more

  • SOCIAL WELFARE INSPECTORS RAID CO DONEGAL BEACH RESORT SITE

    first_imgINSPECTORS investigating social welfare fraud have raided a controversial beach resort in County Donegal.The development at Aghadachor beach in Carrigart has angered many local people amid allegations of council planning breaches.Campaigners are now asking Failte Ireland to withdraw funding to the development at Cuan Na Ri. And the developers – after several public denials – have now confirmed they are providing private access to the public beach there.“Obviously as this is public money and with the current economic climate in Ireland it is important that the public purse is only open to appropriate projects.” said campaigner Frances McCarry in a letter to the head of Failte Ireland today.She said there were six Enforcement Notices served against T&G Properties in connection with this development.“One is for an unauthorised Basement within the Beach Activity Centre and another is for the installation of a Geo-Tube (anti erosion device) for which there was no planning permission whatsoever, the others are in connection with unpaid Council fees, landscaping issues etc,” she said. “There is environmental damage within the SAC due to works which have been carried out.”As part of a cross-Border crackdown on dole fraud Department of Social Welfare Inspectors also raided the site in conjunction with authorities from the North.A number of alleged offences have been detected.Said Frances: “There still remains the issue of T&G Properties closing off the Aghadachor Road in an attempt to privatise our beach.She added in her letter: “They are advertising their development as having private access to the “inner beach and Tra Mor Beach”.  The road in question does not solely belong to T&G Properties but ownership is shared with other land/property owners in the area. “Now I know you say the road issue is of no interest to Failte Ireland but when you are handing out public money to a development which is not in harmony with the local community then in deed I think this is an issue which should be of interest to you.”SOCIAL WELFARE INSPECTORS RAID CO DONEGAL BEACH RESORT SITE was last modified: February 6th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:beachCarrigartdole inspectorsprivateresortlast_img read more