Solar Case Study: An 'Eco Pub' Uses Activ8

Andy's Bar & Restaurant Use Activ8 For Solar During Their Energy Efficiency Improvements

Andy's Bar & Restaurant in Monaghan Town featured in the Irish Independent as one of Ireland's first 'eco pubs'. It was great to see the family owned establishment getting national media attention given their environmental efforts in the running of their business. Something we here at Activ8 Solar Energies got to see up close and personal when we installed the solar thermal system on the roof of their premises in early 2016.

Solar panels on Andy's Bar & Restaurant roof
A dreary installation day in February did nothing to curb the enthusiasm of staff and their energy efficiency and environmental efforts.

Energy efficiency through solar and more

The family began their energy efficiency drive after the Monaghan premises was destroyed in a fire. With support from the SEAI and the cross-border Sustainable Together through Environmental Management (STEM) project. The Redmond family began their work by installing better insulation, it was at this point, that they contacted us here in Activ8 Solar Energies in regards to installing a solar thermal energy system to help reduce their heating bills and increase efficiency in this part of their business.

Their solar thermal energy system was installed on the roof of the premises after our standard technical survey that matched system specification with business need while factoring in the relevant conditions and circumstances. The system consists of 9 Atlas Solar Thermal Collectors, a system substantially larger than our standard domestic system. We pride ourselves on fitting the relevant system for our customers needs and the accuracy to which we can do this.

This was followed by other internal efficiencies, which included replacing glass doors on fridges with more energy efficient efficient doors, showing the extent to which Seán Redmond and his team were willing to go to ensure they continued their efforts to make Andy's Bar & Restaurant a more energy efficient, environmentally friendly business. Too many people look toward the government and its agencies for complete project leadership in this area. This case study is an outstanding example of how a business can improve business efficiency, reduce costs through an environmentally driven efficiency project. It really is a win-win situation.


Reception & Administration (Maternity Cover)

Reception & Administration (Maternity Cover)

Department:

Reception & Administration (Maternity Cover)

Reporting to:

General Manager

Job Description:

We are currently looking for a Receptionist to join our Administration Department.

Duties:

• Answering and direct all incoming calls. Ensuring correct detailed messages are passed on.
• Greet all visitors to the business ensuring their point of contact is notified on their arrival.
• General Office Administration
• Booking Solar Installations/Callouts/servicing
• Maintain and manage customer files
• Organise meeting room bookings
• Manage and control stationary & housekeeping stocks

Requirements:

• Experience an advantage but not essential
• Self – motivated
• Ability to work on your own initiative
• Good communication and interpersonal skills
• Competent computer skills

How to Apply:

Please forward your CV to: hr@activ8energies.com

Closing date for applications is Friday 23rd September.


What Apples €13 Billion Could Do For Irish Homeowners, Even Clear 30 Years of Water Charges!

In the wake of the European Commissions recent ruling of €13 billion tax payments owed to the Irish government, we decided we would put that figure into context that we here at Activ8 Energies and the citizens of Ireland would understand. Heating and powering your home can cost a lot of money, not quite in the billions though, so let’s see how the magnitude of such a sum compares to expenses within Irish homes. In the interest of balance, we won’t even mention solar.

The average cost of heating and electricity bills here in Ireland comes to €2,300 per year per household. If we took the €13 billion and gave everyone a dig out with their heating and electricity bills, we could pay for every single house in Ireland, for nearly 3 and a half years.

Let’s go one better, water charges. What if the European Commission and the Irish government decided to take the €13 billion and put it against the current household charges for water? We take the €160 & €260 charges and take €210 as an average per home for water? It would cover the water charges for the next 30 years at the current rate. 30 years! We could revisit the topic again in 2046. Thanks Apple.

Or we could look at making every home in Ireland more sustainable and efficient. With €13 billion, we could provide every home in Ireland with a high quality solar panel system and an upgrade on their current boiler. While we’re on the topic of sustainability, this figure would allow the government to give 1/3 of the countries households a new Nissan Leaf pushing Ireland in front as the world’s leading electric vehicle adopter per head of population without a doubt. We would become an even greater little country.
The figure is big, €13 billion. But we haven’t actually come across many outlets writing the number as it is. It almost makes more of an impact doesn’t it?

€13,000,000,000
What if the government took this €13bn and decided to supplement existing programmes and schemes? We can only look at our own industry and provide context that way, if we were to apply this figure to the SEAI grants, something we process on a daily basis, it would singlehandedly multiply the amount of grants issued by the SEAI from 2009-2016 by 67.

*Based off CSO figures in 2015.


Telesales & Call Centre Positions

We are currently looking for telesales personnel to join our busy Marketing Department and Call Centre. Applicants must have a professional telephone manner. Some experience would be an advantage but not essential as training will be provided.

Join our established telesales department and become part of an exciting team here in Carrickmacross and benefit from the full Activ8 Solar Energies package including social club and activities as well as favourable working hours in an exciting and fun workplace environment.

Please forward your CV to: aishling.smyth@activ8energies.com

For more information on the position please contact Aishling now on: 042 9690352

Closing date for applications is Friday 9th September.

Activ8 Solar Energies was established in 2007 having been previously known as Ciaran Marron Electrical from 2004. Since this distinct move, we are proud to have become Ireland’s number one installer of solar energy systems. In the solar industry for over 15 years the directors of Activ8 Solar Energies have gained their unrivaled knowledge and experience through the installation of over 7,000 systems supplied and installed across Ireland and the UK. In late 2015, the company gained ISO 9001 accreditation for Quality Management Systems directly reflecting the nature of how we run operations here in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan. This is an excellent opportunity for the right person to excel in a position directly communicating with customers and potential customers on a daily basis.