Energy usage is one of the principal contributors to Climate Change. At Siamsa Tíre, with funding from the SEAI (under the Better Energy Communities initiative) and from the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, we recently undertook a number of energy upgrades to reduce our carbon footprint.
We undertook the following:
- Replaced our oil-fired heating system with an Air to Heat Pump system
- Replaced all of the building lighting with LED lights
- Installed insulation in sections of the building where it was possible
- Installed 40 photovoltaic panels on the roof of the building
Additionally, we have increased the draft proofing around doors, replaced door glass with double glazing, and replaced some of the stage lighting with LED stage lights. All members of the staff team are very conscious of minimising usage and behaviours have changed to support this (turning off lights and machinery when not in use). Our electricity supplier is SE Airtricity, and they supply us with electricy which is sourced from 100% renewable sources.
Over the coming years we aim to do the following:
- Improve the insulation and draft proofing of the building
- Invest in additional LED stage lighting
- Replace all equipment with A rated appliances
- Identify other energy saving measures which would reduce our carbon footprint further
- Replace external lighting with LED fittings
We would like to thank the following for their support: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), the Department of Culture, Heritage & The Gaeltacht, SE Systems, Kerry Sustainable Energy Co-operative Ltd (KSEC), Transition Kerry, Tralee Tidy Towns and Kerry County Council.← Return to Greening Siamsa