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4 of a kind: Energy efficient homes that'll be easy to heat year-round

From a four-bed in Cork to a renovated house in Galway, these properties will make life greener (and cosier).

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WITH REDUCED RUNNING costs, smarter heat and water systems, and numerous benefits for the planet, it’s easy to understand the appeal of an energy efficient home.

This week we’re looking at four properties around the country with a BER (Building Energy Rating) of A2 or higher – from a four-bed in Cork to a renovated home in Galway.

Ballyhooley Road, Co Cork – €495,000

Measuring 2,336 sq ft over three floors, Ailesbury is a modern and spacious four-bed family home. Built in 2016, it comes to the market in turn-key condition and with an impressive A2 rating. It boasts high levels of insulation, an air to water heat pump and underfloor heating to the ground floor.

The open-plan split-level kitchen, living and dining area is particularly impressive, with bespoke fitted units in the kitchen, a wood-burning stove, and floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows overlooking the large west-facing rear garden. 

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Castleknock, Dublin 15 – €995,000

If you’re looking for style and luxury, 18 Castleknock Cross might just be the property for you. The five-bed home spans 2,368 sq ft of beautiful accommodation, with features including herringbone flooring, feature ceilings, concealed mood lighting and a south-facing garden with a covered patio area. 

No 18 has a BER of A2 and benefits from solar panels to provide hot water, a heat recovery ventilation system, high levels of air tightness and triple-glazed windows. There are five bedrooms across the first and second floors, with one room currently in use as another living area.

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Clifden, Co Galway – €595,000

Nestled into a hill on a site of 0.64 acres, this three-bed home boasts beautiful sea and countryside views. It has been completely renovated and extended in the last year, making for a bright and light-filled property with a modern interior 

The accommodation includes a beautiful open-plan kitchen, dining and living area, a utility room, three large bedrooms and two bathrooms. It has a BER of A3, with features including an air-to-water heat pump, triple glazed windows and a heat recovery ventilation system.

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Blackrock, Co Louth – €350,000

Located in the Marlmount development to the south of Dundalk on the Old Dublin Road, 20 Marlmount Gardens is an attractive four-bed family home that’s ready and waiting for moving day. It is located on a corner site and extends to 1,463 sq ft with a lawn and patio area to the rear. 

The ground floor accommodation comprises a spacious sitting room, an open plan kitchen and dining room with a lounge area, a utility room and a bathroom. Upstairs, there are four bedrooms, one en suite bathroom and one family bathroom. No 20 is A-rated for energy efficiency and benefits from photovoltaic solar panels.

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