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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Heating

Last year
2022
# Consumer Price Index
Annual inflation eases again slightly in September after 38-year high in July
Home heating oil was up 83.8% in the year to September.
# soaring prices
Cost of living crisis: Most households intend to use their home heating less often this winter
A new poll from Red C and The Journal shows that 76% intend to delay putting the heating on.
# Mick Barry
Tánaiste says pay-as-you-go utility users will not be included in winter cut-off moratorium
‘A moratorium on disconnection for electricity this winter needs to be a moratorium for everybody,’ Mick Barry told the Journal.
# Public Bodies
Public sector buildings to turn off heat 1-2 hours before closing time
Public sector bodies will be required to set temperatures to the guideline of 19 degrees where appropriate.
# Heating
Extra Fuel Allowance payment of €100 to be issued this week
All households who received Fuel Allowance in early April will automatically receive the €100 lump sum.
All time
# Heating
Fuel Allowance increase won't be paid out until November - but will be backdated
It was confirmed on Tuesday that the allowance was increasing by €5 to €33 a week.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you turned the heating on this week?
Temperatures are set to drop to as low as -2 degrees tonight.
# Brrrrrr
Poll: It's September - have you turned the heating on yet?
Have you reached for that dial?
# climate action
Can rented homes be made more energy efficient? You're being asked to give your view
One of the options outlined in the consultation open from today is to encourage a wider use of green leases.
# beast from the east
Status Orange snow-ice warning issued for seven counties as temperatures set to plunge to -7
The eastern part of the country is set to be the worst hit by the wintry weather.
# lunch crunch
Poll: Do you ever put on more clothes instead of turning on the heating?
Give it to us straight. Be honest.
# Your Say
Poll: It's autumn - have you turned the heating on yet?
We’re in for some wet, windy weather in the coming days. Is your radiator going on?
# Your Say
Poll: Have you turned the heating on yet?
Let’s have a heated debate.
# low prices
Man in court for tampering with meters so he could offer 'cheaper' gas and electricity
McLoughlin had advised a ‘client’ to top the meter up by €10 a week and Bord Gáis “won’t come near you”.
# Hot Water
What's next for the Nest Thermostat? Solving your immersion woes
The third gen version of the smart thermostat is getting hot water control, something the company says Irish customers have been requesting.
# Brrrr
Bang the heating on - the weekend is going to be cold
Dig out the hats and scarves.
# that church look
Why stained-glass windows aren't just for churches...
To find out a bit about getting stained glass put into the home, TheJournal.ie spoke to Sean Finlan from Rathmines Glass.
# learning
Review: Will the Nest Thermostat help reduce your heating bill?
A lot has been made out about the company Google bought last year, but does it really make things easier for you?
# keeping the heat in
Irish homes are a lot warmer than they were 10 years ago
New figures from the CSO show significant improvements to BER ratings.
# Brrrr
Is It OK To Put The Heating On Yet?
Take this quiz to see if you should press the button.
# Dilemma
The Burning Question*: Is it too early to put the heating back on?
Let TheJournal.ie distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)
# Poverty
Poor people in Europe forced to choose between heating and eating
Oxfam is calling on G7 leaders who are meting tomorrow to reassess Europe’s energy strategy to move towards more sustainable and affordable fuels.
Voices
Column: Here's where we can make cuts – and savings! – that won’t hurt services, jobs or salaries
Cutting costly emissions from thousands of public buildings would help the environment and save Ireland €200m a year – without requiring a single job loss.
# Buuuurrrrrrr
Tips on how to stay warm, protect the environment and heat your home this winter
The Environmental Protection Agency said that householders can save money and be environmentally friendly this winter.
# home warfare
How to make your other half turn the heating on
The eternal struggle of our time.
# energy costs
People approaching St Vincent de Paul 'because they cannot afford the basics'
The Society of St Vincent de Paul has highlighted energy costs as particularly burdensome for struggling families.
# One Down
9 reasons why you should be thrilled you made it through Monday
You can be our heroes, baby.
# Britain
Rich pensioners 'should give back any handouts they don't need'
Free bus travel, free television licences, heating bill payments – one Conservative minister in Britain has suggested rich pensioners may not need them all.
# bedsits
Bedsits are history thanks to new regulations effective from today
Rental properties are now required to have separate bathrooms, independently controlled heating appliances and adequate food preparation and storage facilities.
# Heating
Funding issues delay Ireland's first District Heating project
Ireland could follow the lead of Russia, Poland, and other countries in installing cost-effective district heating – but only if it gets the funding.
# you told us
Top readers' comments of the week
Here’s our round-up of the funniest, most thought-provoking and interesting comments you lot made this week. Did you make it in?
# Your Say
Poll: Have you turned on your heating yet?
With energy price hikes kicking in soon and temperatures falling, are you switching on the timer – or holding off as long as possible?
# Not Ok
Woman finds ex-boyfriend living in her attic
The man, who had recently been released from jail, could see into her bedroom through air vents.
# you tell us
Open thread: What high-tech functions would you like in your home?
What kind of tech developments would make it easier to run your home? Add your thoughts to this open thread.
# Energy Index
Energy Index jumps in July with increases for oil, coal and electricity
The latest Bord Gáis Energy Index cites supply issues and eurozone weakness as pushing fuel up.
# Census 2011
Bad news for the environment: 4 out of 5 use fossil fuels to heat homes
Census 2011 found a clear urban-rural split between people using oil and natural gas to heat their homes.
# Fuel Poverty
Joan Burton defends government action on fuel poverty
Minister for Social Protection says households with high levels of fuel poverty will be prioritised this year.
# Bord Gais
Bord Gais rejects "anti-competitive" complaint
The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors of Ireland is protesting against what it terms Bord Gais’s “anti competitive and unfair” pricing policies.
# Up In Smoke
WATCH: Hungarians burn banknotes to keep warm
You might not feel like your savings are worth much – but at least they’re not going up in flames…
# Fuel Poverty
Half of older people forgo food to pay for fuel - survey
Researchers say fuel poverty is contributing to “significant” differences in summer and winter mortality rates across the island of Ireland.