Remote Energy Audits

Glenmalure Sustainable Energy Community

Under the current restrictions and HSE guidelines, 3cea have had to get creative to continue with business as usual. One novel idea developed by the energy engineering team took on the concept of remote energy audits where 3cea staff could work collaboratively with homeowners to complete online surveys. This idea was undertaken as part of the Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC) project in Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow where several domestic and commercial audits were already complete in the Energy Master Plan before the lockdown, however, a number of these were still outstanding.

As a team, the energy engineers here in 3cea developed an online survey with specific energy questions for both domestic homes and non-domestic buildings. Adapting to the situation and deciding on the remote audit idea, the 3cea team contacted the 6 remaining homeowners and pitched the idea of a remote energy audit for their homes. The homeowners were delighted to continue with the progression of their SEC project and agreed to participate. They welcomed the sense of community spirit within this collaborative project, the first time such a project would be conducted since 3cea was established.

The process involved in the remote energy audit project required serious thought into what the desired outcome was to achieve, while also considering how each homeowner would be comfortable and ultimately efficient in conducting the measurements. To begin with, a blank survey was sent to each homeowner with specific questions about their house which included the building fabric, the heating system, the type of lighting, the measurement of walls, windows, and the overall area of the home.

Homeowner taking measurements

Following the survey, homeowners were asked to take a photo of each facade of their home and provide the drawings of the house. The final step of the process asked the homeowners to send the completed survey, photos and drawings to our energy engineers who then conducted the energy audit. At times it was necessary to get in touch with the homeowner through email or over the phone to confirm vital pieces of information, which to our benefit, the homeowners had no problem answering.

House drawings with measurements

After receiving the details and conducting the energy audit, the technical team were able to analyse the data and develop a two-page energy report for each house. The seamless interaction between the energy engineers and the homeowners was a real eye-opening moment as it raised the questions of what the future of energy auditing could look like. Using online tools and out of the box thinking, a practical and well-designed solution was possible, introducing an exciting prospect for future collaboration.

3cea would like to thank the homeowners in the Glenmalure SEC project for their patience and cooperation throughout the process. The level of understanding from the homeowners made the development of this innovative project a great success and one in which we hope to build on going forward.

Breakfast Briefing Events to guide your business to a Low Carbon Economy

Free Enterprise Ireland and Local Enterprise Office initiative to increase awareness around sustainability and the low carbon economy

MANUFACTURING businesses across the south east employing less than 10 people are being offered a unique opportunity to cut harmful emissions and make significant energy, waste, water and other savings through the landmark Green for Micro programme.

Local Enterprise Offices in Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford and Tipperary are pooling their resources, talents and skills for ‘Green for Micro’. The ground-breaking Enterprise Ireland-funded initiative will assist businesses in transitioning to a low-carbon economy and could be rolled out nationally, those behind the initiative say.

Hands-on tips, expertise, mentoring, audits and more will be provided by project collaborators, the 3 Counties Energy Agency (3cea). The independent, not-for-profit team of energy engineers at 3cea will help participating enterprises examine their energy, waste, water, procurement and transport needs and make more informed, environmentally-friendly choices.

The first in a series of free breakfast briefings explaining Green for Micro to industry and to increase awareness around sustainability and the low carbon economy begins on Tuesday, January 28 at Wexford’s Ferrycarrig Hotel, starting at 8.00am.

Sessions follow in Waterford’s Tower Hotel on Tuesday, February 11; Kilkenny’s Newpark Hotel on Thursday, February 13; Horse & Jockey in Tipperary on Tuesday, February 18 with the final, free breakfast briefing takes place in Carlow’s Woodford Dolmen Hotel on Thursday, February 20. Each breakfast briefing runs from 8.30am to 9.30am sharp.

Phase two of the project will then involve energy audits carried out on ten micro, manufacturing businesses – two in each of the five participating counties. The results of their findings will be showcased at a conference as part of phase three of the initiative. The final phase of the Enterprise Ireland-funded programme will see monitoring equipment installed at various enterprises.

Enterprise Ireland Regional Executive, Brian Fives said: “Micro enterprises across the South East are eager to play their part in transitioning to a low-carbon economy. Green for Micro shows them the way. Auditing their energy consumption, mapping the results and monitoring their transition will provide an invaluable insight into how every enterprise can play its part in Ireland meeting its 2030 climate targets. We are proud to be leading the way here in the South East.”

Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny’s Aileen McGrath : “We urge qualifying micro enterprises to attend the no obligation breakfast briefing, pick up an expression of interest form and see how even the smallest of changes in their manufacturing processes and general business decisions can make a big difference. While our primary target is manufacturing, micro enterprises in other sectors may also qualify and we encourage them to attend,” she said.

3cea Energy Engineer, Shane Faulkner, said: “We will provide each participating enterprise with up to nine days of expert help which will include audits, reports and mentoring. The level of buy-in from manufacturers in the region is extremely encouraging and are really looking forward to playing our part. The fact we’re working at a regional level rather than with individual manufacturing enterprises and in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Offices across the region makes Green for Micro a massive game changer for the entire South East, beyond even,” he said.

Green for Micro is one of three projects grant-aided to the tune of €345,000 by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD and lead by Kilkenny and Carlow Local Enterprise Offices in collaboration with the Local Enterprise Offices from Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.

The other projects include Initium South East and Incrementum South East.  The Initium South East project is an innovative series of start-up programmes led by the South East Local Enterprise Offices, Enterprise Ireland, and the Ireland South East Office in partnership with South East BIC and IT Carlow. It aims to animate, develop and support the creation of 40 new specialised Start Up companies in the South East.

The Incrementum South East project is a targeted business development programme for the Local Enterprise Office Portfolio of clients over 10 employees which aims to increase their engagement in R&D and Export Activity.

About this event

Registration & breakfast for the event starts at 8 am, the first speaker will begin at 8:30 am.

The Breakfast Briefing events are free to attend but please register your attendance on Eventbrite or by contacting Mari or Patrick on 0567790856 or at events@3cea.ie

Wexford Event – Register Here

Waterford Event – Register Here

Kilkenny Event – Register Here

Carlow Event – Register Here

Tipperary Event – Register Here

There will be speakers representing local businesses to talk about what they have done in improving the environmental and cost competitiveness of their business.

Real life stories and case studies 

At the first Breakfast Briefing event in Wexford, Killowen Farm and Kehoe’s Potatoes will give an overview of the projects they have undertaking including measuring and monitoring, reducing waste, installing LED lights, solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to generate electricity and putting a plan in place to to tackle their rising costs.

3cea will give a presentation on supports available to SMEs and how to access theses supports and grants.

Two years in the life of the 3cea electric car

In December 2017, 3cea purchased a Volkswagen E-Golf, the car was a demo model used by VW to promote their own electric vehicles, we decided to purchase the car with the aim of firstly reducing carbon emissions, promoting the use of electric vehicles and in turn this would also have the advantage of reducing staff travel costs.

 

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Find out how your company can move to using Electric Vehicles at this one day event!

SEAI are holding their Electric Vehicles for Business Conference on the 25th of June at 09:30 – 15:30 in the Radisson Blue, Athlone.

About this Event

Is your organisation thinking about migrating to electric vehicles?
Do you want to reduce your business vehicle’s operational and service costs?
Are you ready to improve your businesses environmental performance?
Do you want to enhance your company’s clean brand image?
If so, come to SEAI’s Electric Vehicles for Business Conference.

This event, curated for businesses across public and private sectors, offers insights from Electric Vehicle (EV) experts on:

• vehicle conversion and charging,
• case studies from businesses who are making the transition to EV,
• information on SEAI supports for EVs in business,
• and an exhibition area where you can trial charging systems and test drive EVs.

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Smart Farming – A Guide to Help Improve Farm Returns

Smart Farming – A Guide to Help Improve Farm Returns with Better Resource Management.

Fertile soils are essential for grass and crop growth.
These top tips will help you save money and protect the environment by bette[embeddoc url=”http://3cea.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/SmartFarming-1.pdf” download=”all”]r matching fertilizer and nutrient use with crop requirement.

Energy Tip #2 – Electric Vehicles

CKEA Energy Tip - September 2017

Ireland’s Government policy has set a target for 10% of all vehicles on our roads to be powered by electricity by 2020, this will represent approximately 230,000 vehicles. The plan includes:

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Energy Tip #1 Changing to LED

As part of our new ‘#energytip’ series we are encouraging businesses and home owners to replace the previous generations of ‘low energy’ bulbs, including the popular CFLs with the new generation LED range. In a comparison of a 16W LED bulb with a 23W CFL, both giving the equivalent light of a 100W incandescent bulb the LED made up for its initial higher cost after 3 years. The savings begin to be really noticeable when the CFL needs to be replaced after 4 or so years*.

energy tip 1 LED bulbs

Replacing an old bulb with an LED equivalent is, in most cases, a simple matter of a straight swop. However, traditional fluorescent lighting requires ballast where LED does not and we suggest that an electrician is consulted in advance. Lighting upgrades can be considered for grant aid when in conjunction with other retrofit measures, see http://3cea.ie/bec/ for more information.

The LED bulb has an estimated life span of 20 years leading to savings not only on energy but on maintenance also. And for those of you who still associate LED lighting with the harsh, cold light of its early incarnation, fear not as it has moved on a long way. The hue or perceived warmth of a light is measured in Kelvin. A Kelvin of between 2700 and 3000 is in the warm spectrum suited to homes and offices where lighting for comfort is required. The Kelvin on a bulb is available on the packaging but most manufacturers also use descriptors such as ‘warm’ or ‘soft’ and these bulbs are within the comfort range.

Please dispose of CFL bulbs in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations as they contain mercury.*Our comparison, see infographic below, is based on current RRP, a bulb being on for 5 hours a day, with an electricity rate of 15c per kWh.

 LED bulb energy tip