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Saving energy at home and in school

Irish homes use about a quarter of all energy used in the country - that's even more than industry! Can you name some of the ways that energy is used at home and in school?

We all use energy at home and in school every day. We use electricity and other types of energy like oil and gas for heat, light, the TV, the cooker, the X-box, the interactive whiteboard and computers. There are lots of ways we can use less energy to do the same things, this is called being energy efficient. Being energy efficient means your home will be comfortable and cosy. You will save money on energy bills and you will be taking action against climate change!

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Reduce your food miles

We grow lots of food in Ireland. We also sell food to and buy food from other countries around the world. When we buy carrots from South Africa they travel 6000 miles! It is better for the environment to buy food that is grown nearby. Can you think of any other food that might be grown in Ireland?

Food miles is the distance food travels from the farm to our plates. Energy is used to grow, process, pack, transport and store food. We even use energy to go to the shops in our cars! All of this means more greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) which causes climate change.

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Greener fashion

Most of the clothes we buy in Ireland come from other countries and travel many ‘fashion miles’ by train, plane and boat before they reach our shops and wardrobes. This causes greenhouse gases that are causing the climate to change. Does the label on your uniform jumper say where it was made?

Think about our clothes: How are they made? How far have they travelled? How do we care for them? What happens when we throw them away? At each stage energy is used, so by understanding more about our favourite clothes we can help make fashion greener or kinder to the environment.

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Greener travel

Did you know there are almost 2 million cars on Irish roads. Most people can walk 1km in 10 minutes.How far do you travel to school and how do you get here?

We use a lot of energy getting from place to place, in cars, planes, buses and trains. Cars burn petrol or diesel and give off carbon dioxide in their exhaust fumes. Carbon dioxide is one of the greenhouse gases which are causing climate change.

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Climate action

When we burn fossil fuels like oil or gas to run our homes, factories and cars, carbon dioxide is produced. This is adding to the greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect is when gases like carbon dioxide let the heat of the sun in, but don’t allow the heat to escape (like a greenhouse). This is causing our climate to change. Because of climate change:

  • The polar ice caps are melting
  • Droughts and flooding are more common
  • Deserts are getting bigger
  • Some animals and plants are at risk of becoming extinct
  • Weather like storms or hurricanes are more common
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Clean, renewable energy

Renewable energy comes from energy resources like the sun and wind and will not run out. However, fossil fuels, or non-renewable energy resources, like coal, oil and gas, will not last forever and will become more expensive to take from the Earth. When we burn fossil fuels like petrol in a car or coal in a power station carbon dioxide is released and this is causing climate change.

In Ireland we get enough sun to use solar panels to provide about half of the hot water requirements in our homes. A large wind turbine could provide enough electricity for around 1,600 homes. We have a lots of renewable energy resources available in Ireland but we are only using a small amount.

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Saving water saves energy

We need clean water to drink, to grow food and to stay healthy. Water in streams, rivers and bogs is important for wildlife too. But around the world as the climate changes we are hearing more about droughts and flooding and this is affecting the amount of clean water we have. It takes energy to clean and carry the water that comes out of our taps. It takes energy to heat the hot water we use every day. So, when we save water, we also save energy and help to tackle climate change.

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Further information

  1. Team members submitting an entry must be registered students in a schools from the Republic of Ireland to be a valid entry. The Promoter (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, situated at Wilton Park House, Wilton Place, Dublin 2) reserves the right to seek verification from the relevant school of the registration of any students who have entered the competition.
  2. It is the responsibility of all participating schools to give permission for their students to participate in the programme and oversee their participation therein. A teacher/principal must sign each team's entry form to validate permission for all participants. The promoter is not liable in any way for costs, expenses, damages, liability or injury arising out of or in any way connected with the Awards programme.
  3. Each team will comprise of a minimum of two and a maximum of six students.
  4. Entries must be anchored in energy / climate change related topics as outlined in the project pack and on the website.
  5. The closing date for the receipt of Campaign Proposals is Friday 17th November 2017.
  6. Each teacher that enters teams into the competition will go into a prize draw for a teacher’s prize of a hotel voucher. The winner will be announced in May 2018 and notified by phone, email or mail. The teacher’s prize is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged. No cash equivalents are available as an alternative for the prize that is offered.
  7. The shortlisted Primary and Post Primary teams will be selected and notified the week beginning 8th January 2018.
  8. The shortlisted Primary and Post Primary teams will receive a workshop with their One Good Idea mentor in January 2018 in their school.
  9. The shortlisted Primary and Post Primary teams will receive feedback and assistance from the One Good Idea team on how to activate their campaign and document it in their Presentation Pitch throughout January/February 2018.
  10. The closing date for receipt of the Presentation Pitch is 16th March 2018 or such later date as may be advised on the website.
  11. The Presentation Pitch must include a campaign diary form (as provided). Teams may also submit a DVD/CD with a two minute sample of their work, this is optional.
  12. Teams must submit a short film of their Presentation Pitch by email, DVD or USB.
  13. Please keep a record of all creative pieces on an electronic/or digital format. The Promoter requests that all audio pieces can be electronically transferred.
  14. Real Nation and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland cannot accept responsibility for lost, damaged or delayed entries. Proof of posting is not proof of receipt. Entries cannot be returned to entrants. 
  15. The finalists will be announced and notified in April 2018.
  16. Employees and family members of employees or persons directly associated with Real Nation and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland are not eligible to enter this competition.
  17. The personal details of entrants will be used solely for the distribution of prizes. Once the winner has been selected, all personal details submitted by entrants will be treated with confidence.
  18. Individual prizes, all of which are based on the category of the prize winner, will be detailed on the website in advance of the National Final, May 2018.
  19. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. No cash equivalents are available as an alternative for the prizes that are offered.
  20. Prize winners will receive their trophies on the day of the National Final.
  21. Prize winners and teachers may be asked to participate in publicity (photographs, interviews, quotations etc), in which case consent forms will be made available.
  22. Copyright of all original material entered in this competition is retained by the author. By submitting a project for entry, the entrants and the relevant school or college grant the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland the right to reproduce the entry (in full or in part) on the radio, on the website at www.seai.ie or in such other publication as the Authority might nominate, without payment.
  23. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland reserves the right to amend, withdraw or terminate the competition or alter the specification of the competition without prior notice should that specified be unavailable for reasons beyond their control.
  24. Notwithstanding that the winners may have been declared, if the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland discovers before the distribution of prizes that for any reason under these rules a winner should have been ineligible to enter the competition or if the entry should have been declared invalid, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland reserves the right to determine that a winning team is disqualified.
  25. All entrants agree to be bound by the rules of the competition; failure on the part of any entrant to adhere to any or all of these rules will render the entry in question invalid.