Phased training sessions

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A number of members of Ard Easmuinn Residents Association in Dundalk came together to find out how they could get involved in the Dundalk 2020 project, a sustainable energy zone within the town funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) with the aim of achieving significant reductions in CO2 emissions. Ard Easmuinn approached the Dundalk 2020 Project Team to find out how they could help residents in their street save energy and money. A first public meeting was held and a target of 20% energy reductions by 2008 was set. Further stakeholders involved in the project included Power of One and ESB Customer Supply. Consultant Aodhan MacPaidin was hired by SEAI to train 8 families individually on how simple changes in behaviour can have a large impact on energy savings. Recognising that not all changes can take place at the same time, the consultant used a phased approach to train the families over 15 weeks. The training covered  five target areas:

  • Space heating (5 weeks)
  • Domestic hot water (4 weeks)
  • Small power (3 weeks)
  • Lighting (2 weeks)
  • Cooking (1 week)


Progress of these families was recorded and filmed and was to act as a case study for other families. A series of energy saving tip videos was created to help families become more energy efficient and communicate the message to the wider public. The families achieved energy savings of between 15-27%.