Thursday 11th Jan 2018 saw members of Our Lady’s Eco-club host a visit from Caroline Murphy of Sustainable Energy Ireland to speak about sustainable energy options for their homes.  After an excellent and informative presentation about the work of SEAI and the various ways we can conserve energy, students were given an energy kit to bring to their homes for a week. Each kit contains instruments, for example a plug-in energy monitor, a thermal leak detector, temperature and humidity monitors etc. The students were given guidelines about how to use the instruments and record the results.

This initiative was organised by Castleblayney Sustainable Energy Group in conjunction with School Principal, Mr. Eddie Kelly and Ms Helena Fox.

Castleblayney Sustainable Energy Group (SEC) is a voluntary group formed in late 2016. The aim of SEC is to work together with the local people of Castleblayney to raise awareness of the benefits of energy efficiency and renewables. They also hope to administer SEAI BEC projects in the coming years. This will involve specific energy efficiency and renewable energy projects being undertaken in Castleblayney which will be economically and socially beneficial to the town.  It will also mean a significant reduction in the use of fossil fuel based energy in our town and support the drive nationally and globally to reduce CO2 emissions in efforts to address climate change. SEC Castleblayney’s application to SEAI for funding was successful and this is for Year 1 of a three year programme. The funding is for a programme that includes energy auditing, energy awareness and the development of an Energy Management Plan for Castleblayney.

The Eco-club in Our Lady’s were delighted with the visit and have enthusiastically embraced the use of the energy kit and the recording of the results. This is a wonderful opportunity for them to inform themselves about energy efficiency/conservation and to include family and friends in this worthwhile project. Learning for life at its best!

Members of the Eco club in Our Lady are seen here accepting energy kits which will be used by the group to observe and record specific energy values in their homes. This is part of an energy awareness programme being encouraged and supported by Castleblayney Sustainable Energy Group in conjunction with Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. Also pictured is Ms Helena Fox, Our Lady’s and Ms Caroline Murphy of SEAI who delivered the workshop.