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3 Ways To Incorporate Skylights In Your Home To Increase Natural Light And Decrease Energy Bills

17/01/2014 - by Eleni P Hoplaros
Many people are looking to optimise the structural functionality of their home or office so as to take advantage of regular daylight.

And this is where the use of skylights has seen resurgence because they allow sunlight to filter into the interior of a room diminishing the need for artificial lighting and becoming a source of natural heating. 

By reducing our reliance on artificial energy, utility bills will ultimately come down.

There are various elements that one has to consider when integrating a skylight into the design of a building.  

Here are three.

Glazing

Passive solar heating and ventilation is influenced by two things, the slope at which a skylight is positioned and the glazing process it undergoes. Advanced glazing methods have gone a far way in the prevention of heat loss in the winter and limiting extreme heat gain in the summer.

For the most part, skylights glazed with glass are the preferred choice because of how durable and resistant they are.  This is despite the fact that plastic glazing is generally cheaper and not as susceptible to breakage.  In saying this, plastic glazing does have the tendency to become brittle and also allows for the penetration of ultraviolet (UV) rays into the interior space that the skylight is situated above which can cause sun damage to furniture.  For this reason, it is generally recommended that they be coated with a special film to filter out the UV rays. 

Tempered glass is generally used on the outside of the skylight (as it can withstand impact) and laminated glass on the inside providing dual protection.

Positioning

You have to know the direction in which the sun moves so as to know where to place a skylight.  Be it east-facing or west-facing, be sure that they are placed in such a way so as to take advantage of sunlight and solar heat throughout the day.  

Ventilation

Being that hot air rises, a skylight that can be opened is normally opted for.  In a climate like that of Cyprus, this is essential because it is a way to keep a room cool and ventilated during the searing heat of summer.  

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  • 17/01/2014 - by Eleni X Hoplaros

    See how you can go green in a cost-effective way by tweaking just slightly the way in which you consume energy.

    Step One:  Let There Be Light

    Natural light that is.  As much as you can get of it in your home, the better.  Natural light is more than just green; it’s a whole lot cheaper too.  And if you can’t, then replace as many of your incandescent bulbs with florescent ones.  Exchanging one bulb for the other reportedly saves about 400 pounds of greenhouse gases.  That’s a lot of gas people.  We have an environment to save.

    Step Two:  Insulation

    Check your walls.  If there are cracks, fix them.  Also check your windows and doors for draughts or caulk.  Because insulation is key.  In the winter you want to keep the warm air in.  And in the summer months, keeping the house cooler is obviously the main objective.  Neither can be assured if regular maintenance on the structure of your home is not maintained.

    Step Three:  Keep The Heat Regulated

    You have to get into the mind-set of minding your thermostat.  We consume energy mindlessly.  It is unnecessary to keep heating on when you aren’t at home.   Especially when one considers how quickly a house heats up.  Heating bills are largely influenced by energy consumption.  Use too much and you’ll be spending a fortune.  Be diligent.

    Step Four:  Don’t Go Cold

    Summers are hot.  Summers in Cyprus are searing.  This doesn’t mean your air conditioner needs to be set at near freezing.  Optimum temperature is reportedly around 25 degrees.  Don’t forget, air cooling systems such as these use a significant amount of energy and electricity.  And besides just how much you’ll end up paying for it in money, the environment will suffer too due to additional greenhouse emissions.  So if all else fails and a stand-alone fan doesn’t work, close curtains and blinds which will dramatically keep your home cooler.

    Step Five: Conserve Water

    It’s simple really.  Don’t shower for hours.  Switch the tap off when you brush your teeth.  Use a low-flow model showerhead.  Just some ways to stop wasting water.

    5 Steps To Go Green On A Shoestring Budget

  • 17/01/2014 - by Eleni P Hoplaros

    The STP is reportedly being created with the scope of promoting research, innovation and technology in order to enhance the entrepreneurial and industrial development of Cyprus and its transformation into a regional research and innovation center that will contribute to the differentiation of the economy.

    The Government of Cyprus has called out to interested parties to submit an Initial Expression of Interest aimed at Enterprises/Organizations that wish to be accommodated and develop activities in the STP and at Investors that would like to undertake the establishment and operation of the STP.

    All information and documentation can be found here .

    All submissions must be made to the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism by Monday 10 March 2014 at 12:00 noon, local time.

    Cyprus Science Technology Park May Finally Be Realised

  • 17/01/2014 - by Eleni P Hoplaros

    It has been suggested that building an LNG facility in the Vasiliko area between Larnaka and Limassol will see the island gaining foothold in global markets and also turn into a regional energy hub.  This is something of course that the crisis riddled economy of Cyprus needs.   Question is; will the country achieve this endeavour? 

    Original estimates by Noble Energy in 2011 as to how much gas was to be found under Cyprus’ seabed, in Block Twelve of its exclusive economic zone turned out to be too high.  In 2013 those estimates for the Aphrodite field dropped but despite the results of the appraisal drilling in that year, Noble Energy believes that Block 12 does hold further gas reserves and will take on further exploratory drilling in the course of 2014.

    In addition, Cyprus also turned to Israel to come on board of the project to which Israel has not yet confirmed or refused.  Thing is, Israel found an abundant amount of gas in its waters.  And for a country heavily reliant on imported energy to satisfy domestic demand, its new gas discovery was significant.   So much so that a decision was reached that 40% of its newfound gas would be allocated for exports.

    And Cyprus was hoping that Israel would export this gas via the Vasiliko LNG terminal.  Israel remains undecided however.  What the country has reportedly expressed is that it would like to start exporting to immediate neighbours such as Egypt and Jordan.

    Nonetheless, the Cypriot government is convinced that Cyprus has a lot to offer to attract investors such as:

    Advantageous Tax Regime

    Cyprus has the lowest corporate income tax rate in the European Union, sitting at 12.5%.  Furthermore, its tax system is transparent and its tax legislation makes relations between the business community and the tax authorities easy and efficient.

    EU Membership

    This still stands for something, reputation and stability being at the forefront.  

    The Banking Sector

    The banking sector has learnt a number of hard lessons in light of the March 2013 fiasco which saw it come to near collapse.  Undergoing a restructuring process since then will only see the banking sector strengthen.

    Legal and Professional Services

    This is one arena which operates at a high level of efficiency and excellence and this will serve the natural gas industry and the energy sector well in months to come.  

    What Makes Cyprus A Strategic Energy Hub?

  • 17/01/2014 - by Eleni X Hoplaros

    Cyprus aims to positively contribute to the European energy security of supply.
     
    Cyprus ranks first in the world in solar energy use for water heating in households, and has achieved significant progress in the production of energy from Renewable Energy Sources (RES). The most important projects relating to power generation from RES concern wind parks and photovoltaic parks.
     
    The energy policy of Cyprus is harmonized with that of the European Union. The main aspects of the energy policy include:
     
    1. The liberalisation of the electricity and oil markets;
    2. The establishment and operation of a strategic oil stock terminal;
    3. The implementation of development programmes related to the use of energy conservation, technologies, the utilization of ingenious RES and the protection of the environment from industrial pollution;
    4. The RES target is to supply at least 13% of the country’s energy by 2020;
    5. The promotion of oil products and other sources of environmentally-friendly energy, such as natural gas.
     
    Oil & Gas Sector

    The existence of world-class deepwater natural gas reserves in Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) has attracted a lot of attention from potential international investors, while bringing new and exciting opportunities to the energy sector itself. With the energy developments
    in neighbouring countries, the prospects may be there for Cyprus to become an energy hub in the Eastern Mediterranean.
     
    Presently, exploration licenses have been granted for 6 offshore blocks within Cyprus’ EEZ to 3 internationally renowned oil & gas companies and their partners. The Government of Cyprus is continuing its negotiations concerning the infrastructure requirements necessary for bringing the natural gas onshore for local consumption, as well as liquefaction for export into Europe and other markets.
     
    Petroleum Storage and Distribution Terminal

    The construction of a private €300m storage and distribution terminal in Cyprus with a total capacity of 858,000 cubic metres is underway. It will connect the vibrant trading areas of South East Europe, Asia and North Africa. Phase one of the project is scheduled for completion in 2014.
     
    Renewable Energy

    Total electricity capacity from RES in Cyprus reached 181 MW in May 2013. The objective, as per the National Action Plan (NAP) issued by the Ministry of Energy, Industry, Commerce & Tourism, is to reach a minimum capacity of 584MW by 2020, which will be equal to 16% of the total electricity production in Cyprus and 3% higher than the target set by the EU.
     
    In this respect, the production of energy from RES is expected to experience considerable growth in the years to come since significant investment is required in order for Cyprus to achieve the targeted capacity as per the NAP.

    What You Need To Know About The Energy Sector In Cyprus

 

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