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How can we reduce heating bills for those working from home?

Posted on: 24 Sep 2020

How can we reduce heating bills for those working from home?

'Spending an extra 40 hours a week at home could significantly increase heating bills and dramatically intensify household emissions' - that is according to Dr. Piyush Verma, Senior Energy Policy Analyst from the IERC - International Energy Research Centre at Tyndall, University College Cork.

Winter is just around the corner and domestic heating agenda has always been too hot to handle. Now, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have entered into a completely new era of our working life. It is remarkable how quickly we have adapted and delivering the same quantity and quality of work from home which we would have delivered from our offices. Thanks to technology, this pandemic has made work from home both normal and acceptable. 

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According to a recent S&P Global Market Intelligence Survey, around 67% of companies are expecting work from home policy to remain in place either permanently or for the long-term. The trend will be adapted by many companies and business in the post-pandemic world.

But working from home in Ireland, especially during winter, will be at a significant cost. Irish homes already use 7% more energy and emit 58% more CO2 than the average EU homes. Spending an extra 40 hours a week at home could significantly increase our home heating bills and dramatically intensify our household emission profiles. Do we really want this? 

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