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BER Cert: Energy Rating Guide for Homeowners

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Most of us are blissfully unaware of Building Energy Rating (BER) until it comes to buying our first home. We soon figure out that D2 means it will be cold and expensive to heat – probably built in the 1960s – whereas B1 spells snug and cosy, with good insulation. But that’s a bit vague […]


Working on an Oil Rig

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Working on an Oil Rig   Curious minds might wonder what it’s like to work on an offshore oil platform, surrounded by vast expanses of sea and sky. What are the advantages of such a life? Is it lonely, is it safe, and is cabin fever a thing?     Pursuing a career in the […]


Energy Rating Guide for Homeowners Sources

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Sources: https://www.electricireland.ie/residential/help/efficiency/what-is-a-ber-rating-and-how-do-i-get-an-seai-grant http://www.energyratingplus.ie/aboutus.php#ber https://www.energia.ie/blog/domestic/2016/march/march/15-tips-for-improving-your-ber-and-saving-on-energ http://www.kellyandocallaghan.ie/services/building-energy-rating-ber-assessment/ http://www.buildingenergyireland.ie/BERCerts.htm https://ec.europa.eu/energy/sites/ener/files/documents/2014_article4_en_ireland.pdf http://www.seai.ie/Publications/Your_Home_Publications_/Energy_Efficiency/Your_Guide_to_Building_an_Energy_Efficient_Home.pdf http://www.estif.org/fileadmin/estif/content/policies/STAP/Ireland_local_solar_regulations.pdf http://ec.europa.eu/ireland/news/key-eu-policy-areas/environment_en https://www.iea.org/publications/freepublications/publication/Building_Codes.pdf https://ec.europa.eu/energy/sites/ener/files/documents/2014_neeap_en_ireland_0.pdf http://www.esri.ie/pubs/RB20140103.pdf


Women In Agriculture

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More often than not when we hear the word farmer, we picture a ruddy man in wellington boots with a makeshift belt of baling twine. But this impression is as outdated as it is inaccurate. More and more farm workers are women, performing the crucial, though often unpaid, tasks that keep a farm running smoothly. […]


Why Oil Prices Fluctuate

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WHY OIL PRICES FLUCTUATE Most of us greet the news that oil has fallen to $50 a barrel with a shrug of our shoulders. It goes up, it goes down; no one dies. We fail to engage because we don’t understand what drives it either way, or how it affects us. As with all commodities, […]


How Oil is Formed

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Those of us who imagine that striking oil means drilling into a pool of liquid riches might be surprised to learn how wrong we are. Oil is not found in underground lakes, but dispersed through rocks like a sponge. The rocks must be broken to extract the oil, which looks like mud when it is […]


20 Christmas Safety Tips for the Home

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There is always a lot going on around Christmas time with family visiting, shopping to get done and a dinner to organise. It can be very easy to immerse yourself in the festivities, and so you should be, but with all the added goings-on happening around you there can be some unexpected dangers. To stop […]


Winter Survival Hacks

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Winter is well and truly underway, and until now the weather has been tolerable. But it might be an idea to prepare to outsmart Jack Frost so you can go about your business when the weather turns artic. Here at Jones Oil, we’ve put together our top winter survival hacks for your home, car and […]


Keeping Your Pets Warm This Harsh Irish Winter

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As temperatures begin to fall in Ireland, hats, scarves, gloves and cosy sweaters quickly come out of their summer retirement. While you’re preparing yourself and your family for the harsh upcoming months, don’t forget about your four-legged family members. Keeping pets warm during a harsh Irish winter is an important – yet often overlooked – […]