* Renewable energy companies are offering alternative and greener options for powering and heating homes.

* There are many options available to help reduce your carbon footprint at home while reducing your running costs and save money.

* Many people might not realise, while solar panels perform most efficiently in direct sunlight, but they can also function without it.

* Heat generators are also a popular option for efficiently heating your home. No gas or oil is burned in the process.

* The best advice is to get advice. Seeking sound advice is very important. Seek out a company registered with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland as a One Stop Shop, offering homeowners all the services required for a complete home energy upgrade.