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Codema and the SEAI are running free energy-saving workshops in November

The Dublin workshops could help you cut down on your energy bills

In the past few weeks we’ve had price increase announcements from SSE Airtricity, Bord Gáis Energy and Electric Ireland, as well as an increase to the PSO Levy, which all electricity customers must pay. And all this at a time when we’re coming into colder weather and energy bills are already increasing.

So it’s fair to say we could all do with saving on our gas and electricity bills. This is where Codema and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) free energy-saving workshops could come in handy.

Energy-saving workshops

Codema is Dublin’s energy agency and, together with the SEAI, it is running these workshops to help consumers save energy at home and cut down on costs.

The workshops will take place in a selection of Dublin City Council public library branches throughout November, as follows:

  • Monday 13 November at Raheny Library
  • Wednesday 15 November at Cabra Library
  • Thursday 16 November at Rathmines Library.

Each workshop will kick off at 6.30pm, and will cover all areas of energy-saving, including heating your home, hot water, electrical appliances, and understanding your energy bill better.

There will be an energy expert on hand to answer any specific questions you might have about your own home, as well as interactive display stands which will provide practical information on areas such as low-energy lighting, draught-proofing and insulation.

Codema will also give demonstrations of their Home Energy Saving Kits, which are available to borrow free-of-charge from all Dublin City Council public libraries.

Expert advice on making your home warmer and cosier

Codema’s Energy Awareness Manager, Verena Brennan, said the workshops are a great chance for the public to come along and get independent, expert advice on how to make their homes warmer and cosier as we come into the winter.

She added: “We will cover everything from where you typically waste most energy at home, right through to the benefits of reading your meter regularly. You can also visit our display stands which will give the public great tips on what they can do straight away to reduce their bills, and areas they might consider investing in.”

The workshops are free to attend - you just need to register by emailing events@codema.ie or phoning 01 707 9818. You can also visit the Codema website for further information.

Can’t make the workshops?

If you’re outside Dublin, or can’t make the workshops, never fear. There are plenty of easy energy-saving measures on Switcher.ie to help you get started, as well as information on how to read your electricity bill, and how to read your electricity meter and gas meter.

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