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Letterkenny Credit Union launches new ‘green’ home improvement loan

first_imgWith the recent announcement of the government’s new Climate Action Plan, many households will be working to reduce their carbon footprint.Most importantly for homeowners, the new strategy includes plans for the retrofitting of 500,000 homes. This will be hugely beneficial for our local environment in Letterkenny, and for the country in general. However, as with anything that has major long-term human and societal benefits, making our homes ‘greener’ will come with a significant cost. The good news is that Letterkenny Credit Union stands ready to provide loans for those looking to retrofit their homes in the coming months.Gordon Randles, CEO says Letterkenny Credit Union has launched a new ‘green’ home loan for those wanting to retrofit their homes, but who might need some financial assistance to do so.“The new loan is as affordable as it is flexible. To mark the recent announcement of Ireland’s new climate plan, the loan is currently being offered at an APR of 8.2% *.“The loan is typically approved within 24 hours and does not have any hidden fees or costs. Letterkenny Credit Union is happy to work with borrowers to structure the repayments in a way that suits their financial circumstances best. “The product is designed to take the toxic stress out of home improvements, so you can focus on the greener aspects of your upgrade.”In addition, Letterkenny Credit Union can also help with a loan to assist those homeowners using SEAI home energy improvement grants to retrofit their homes.The Sustainability Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) grant aims to increase the Building Energy Rating (BER) for homes.The grant ranges from €300 for attic insulation, to €700 for upgrades to heating controls and to €6,000 for external wall insulation.The added benefit for homeowners is their return on investment; saving money on their heating bills once the work is completed.The SEAI Grants typically cover one-third of the total cost of the works for an average home. Homeowners can apply to Letterkenny Credit Union for a loan should they need assistance with the remaining balance of the energy upgrade.For further information on the new, green home loan, contact Letterkenny Credit Union at 0749102126 or email [email protected]*For a €20,000, 5 year variable interest rate loan with 60 monthly repayments of €405.06, an interest Rate of 7.95%, a representative APR of 8.25%, the total amount payable by the member is €24306.04. Information correct as at 23/08/2019Letterkenny Credit Union launches new ‘green’ home improvement loan was last modified: August 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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College World Series pitcher has local ties

first_imgAnybody in Humboldt County following the College World Series knows that the Costal Carolina University Chanticleers took the title two games to one over the University of Arizona Wildcats, with Arizona only winning game one thanks to the masterful pitching of lefty JC Cloney.And if the name Cloney sounds familiar, it is because the winning pitcher of Game 1 is the grandson of the late Eureka native, baseball lover and youth sports advocate Bud Cloney — the man the Eureka High School baseball …last_img


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Passivhaus Modeling Software Updated

first_imgAn updated version of the Passive House Planning Package, the Excel spreadsheet used by designers to estimate the energy demands of Passivhaus buildings, will be released at the North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) conference next week in Vancouver.PHPP 9, as the Passivhaus Institute (PHI) calls it, is the English version of software that has been in use successfully in Germany for several months.“With this upgrade, PHPP can be applied on an even larger scale,” Jan Steiger, coordinator of PHPP development said in a prepared statement. “It allows the designer to compare numerous design or retrofit situations in a comprehensive manner.”The release also marks the start of certification under new Passivhaus standards, Passive House Plus and Passive House Premium, which were announced earlier this year.PHI said the first “Plus” buildings already have been certified in Europe.The conference takes place on October 1 and 2. In advance, Adrian Muskatewitz of PHI will conduct workshops on Passivhaus windows in Toronto on September 28 and Vancouver on September 30.PHPP 9 will be available by retailers in the U.S. following the conference, said NAPHN co-president Ken Levenson.The upcoming conference is not connected with the annual conference of the Passive House Institute U.S., which took place earlier in September in Chicago.last_img read more


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Apple Should Not Censor The NRA’s “Practice Range” App

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#App Store#Apple#Online Censorship The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts When the National Rifle Association released its “Practice Range” app earlier this week, the media had a field day with the lobbying group. Insensitive, pandering, shameful and other like adjectives were used to skewer the NRA’s decision to release the app so soon after the awful shooting in Newtown, Conn. in December. Practice Range allows people to shoot at practice targets with various guns, including assault rifles, all while trying to teach users safe gun practices. It is a clever ploy from the NRA, releasing a relatively docile app ostensibly targeted towards gun safety. The NRA can turn the conversation away from gun control and back towards society and the NRA’s own stance that violent video games and media are more to blame for violence in the United States than the actual weapons themselves. Gaming A Political MessageThe Courage Campaign, an online activist group, does not quite share the NRA’s so-called altruistic opinion of the Practice Range app. It has started a petition on SignOn.org to urging Apple’s CEO Tim Cook to reject the NRA app.“This is a classic example of everything that is wrong with the NRA. Instead of coming to the table with constructive ideas to reduce gun violence, the NRA is instead developing a video game that glorifies guns and gun violence. It is yet another shameful example, in a long list of shameful examples, of the destructive role the NRA plays in reducing gun violence and making our schools, communities and streets safer. We are calling on Apple to reject this app. It has no business being in the hands of kids across this country,” Adam Bink, director of online programs at Courage Campaign said in a statement. Do not get me wrong, I do not like guns. Most of the staff at ReadWrite are not particularly fond of them either. We like smartphones and tablets, big data and open Web standards and free access to information. But, this petition is a misguided in its direct assault on the NRA’s app…  just because the NRA is the app’s sponsor.  dan rowinski Fundamentally, this is a conversation about censorship. The C-WordPart of the argument against the app is that when it was originally released, it was approved for “ages four and up.” As of Tuesday, that had been changed to ages 12 and up and warns of intense and realistic violence, so that part of the argument is moot.The game, developed by MEDL Media, is essentially a mailer for the NRA’s political message in app form. As shameful or manipulative as that may be, it is not the job of Apple to censor the NRA and its relatively innocuous app. Many other companies, lobbying groups and organizations use Apple’s App Store for marketing and branding purposes and to deny one because some people may not like its message would set a bad precedent for how Apple approves apps going forward.Apple does not have a particularly good record on censorship. The company’s App Store reviewers are supposed to make judgment calls on what Apple views as “too objectionable” for its users on an app-by-app basis. Plenty of violent video games (including ultra-graphic first-person-shooter games) make it in to the App Store. Courage Campaign does not seem to mind those. Yet, when an app that highlights data about U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, Apple shoots it down for objectionable content. Apple has also censored apps in the past, like the unofficial Wikileaks app, Playboy and anti-homosexual apps such as Exodus International and Manhattan Declaration. Pro-Nazi apps have been banned, as well as a pro-Dalai Lama app in China. Depending on who you are, you are either happy or enraged by Apple’s decisions to censor these apps. Apple is a private company and, really, can do whatever it likes when it comes to content on its App Store. That does not necessarily mean that it should. It frequently will bow to the wishes of governments and large organizations. The NRA has every right to get its message out to the public through the App Store as the Dalai Lama does in China. What we end up with is a case of the blind leading the blind, following the blind.Courage Campaign is blind for calling for censorship of the NRA Practice Range app. The NRA is blind for commissioning the app in the first place, being manipulative and shameful in its stance on gun control and emphasis on media-induced violence. Apple is blind for its arbitrary and consistently inconsistent App Store censorship practices. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more