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Win tickets to Top Gear Live
Say goodbye to clutter with paperless billing
Wrap up warm this Winter
Cook a delicious casserole with Trevor Thornton,
winner of RTE’s HEAT
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Save, save save... in this edition we bring you information
on how you can make lots of savings. From 1st October 2009 we
are decreasing the price of natural gas by an average of 9.3%*
leaving you with more money in your pocket. Find out how to
get expert advice on how to make more savings on your bill by
insulating your house properly. Sign up to our new paperless
billing and reduce the paper in your post box while also doing
your bit for the environment.
As if that wasn’t enough, we also have a fantastic
opportunity for you to win tickets to this year’s most hotly
anticipated show, Top Gear Live. There’s an exclusive interview
with two of Ireland’s newest sporting heroes. And we’ve a
delicious recipe from cooking sensation Trevor Thornton, winner
of RTE’s HEAT, for you to try.
So put the kettle on, take the phone off the hook and
enjoy the latest issue of At home. And if you’ve any questions
at all, just drop us an email at athome@bordgais.ie. Remember,
we’re here to help.
We’re looking for ways to save you money. We know that now, more than ever,
you want to be able to enjoy gas for less. So we’ve got good news for you.
From 1st October 2009 our customers will benefit from an average price
decrease of 9.3%*. The impact of this change, combined with the price reduction
announced in May of this year, represents an average decrease of 19.5% in natural
gas prices for residential customers.
Take a look at the table below to see how much you will be saving depending
on which tariff you’re on.
* average saving based on 13,800kWh per annum.
More great savings with Bord Gáis Energy
S ta n dard r e s i d e n t i al tar i f f Standing charge
Unit price
Previous (inc VAT)
PREVIOUS
(ex VAT)
NEW (inc VAT)
New
(ex VAT)
¤59.02
¤52.00
5.464
4.814
4.851
Previous (inc VAT)
PREVIOUS
(ex VAT)
NEW (inc VAT)
3550
3550
3550
3550
¤68.10 ¤60.00
4.274
No s ta n d i n g c h arg e tar i f f Tier 1 – Units
New
(ex VAT)
Tier 2 – Rate
7.254
6.391
6.836
6.023
Tier 2 – Rate
5.464
4.814
4.851
4.274
NEW (inc VAT)
W i n t e r s av e r tar i f f
TRACY KENNEDY Head of Customer Operations
BoRD GÁIS ENERGY
Previous (inc VAT)
PREVIOUS
(ex VAT)
Standing charge
¤241.80
¤213.04 ¤223.03 ¤196.50
New
(ex VAT)
Bundled units
3420
3420
3420
3420
Unit price
5.464
4.814
4.851
4.274
L A R G E R ESI D ENTI A L USE R tar i f f
VITAL
STATS
Over
200,000
9.3%*
Decrease
U21
Hurling
people have now made
the Big Switch to
electricity from
Bord Gáis Energy.
We’re delighted to
announce an average
9.3%* decrease in the
cost of natural gas.
A thrilling match in the
Bord Gáis Energy U21
Hurling Final saw Clare
just pip Kilkenny to the
title. Final score Clare
0-15 0-14 Kilkenny
This tariff consists of two
elements, the standing
charge and the charge for
the natural gas you use.
Previous (inc VAT)
PREVIOUS
(ex VAT)
Standing charge
¤59.02
¤52.00
Commodity rate
3.652
3.218
2.844
2.506
Capacity rate
1.925
1.696
2.096
1.847
NEW (inc VAT)
New
(ex VAT)
¤68.10 ¤60.00
E/Peak day kWh
If you have any questions about these savings please visit our
website at www.bordgaisenergy.ie or call us on 1850 632 632
This tariff is designed for
customers who prefer not
to pay a standing charge.
Instead there are two tiers
of charges: the first 3,550
units are charged at the
Tier 1 rate, with further
units charged at the Tier
2 rate.
Winter saver tariff; there’s
a standing charge of
¤223.03 (¤196.50
excluding VAT) per year.
This equates to 61.1 cent
per day and entitles you
to 3,420 bundled units
allocated over the winter
period at no extra charge.
Winter saver helps to even
out the costs of your
gas usage during the
year, helping with the
larger bills during the
winter months.
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ur wonderfully wet summer has been and gone. The
children are back in school, the leaves are falling from
the trees, the days are getting shorter and there’s more
of a chill in the air. So turn on the heat, curl up on the
sofa and relax with our latest edition of At home.
direct debit
paperless b i lli n g
Win top prizes
with Direct Debit
Say goodbye to clutter
and hello to paperless billing
A N A L L N E W S P E C TAC U L A R L I V E S H OW
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We’re giving away a pair of tickets
to Top Gear Live every day until
30th November. You and a friend
can savour the high-octane
atmosphere that makes Top Gear
Live the most popular motor show
yet! We also have eight pairs of
gold seating tickets that must be
won - Plus you’ll get overnight
accommodation for two in the
Burlington Hotel, Dublin.
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For full terms and conditions please visit
www.bordgaisenergy.ie/tandc’s or write to us
at Bord Gáis Energy, PO Box 10943, Dublin 1.
All you have to do is choose the
convenience of paying your bills
by Direct Debit. Choosing Direct
Debit is like setting cruise control
– your bill is paid automatically. No
queues, no cheques and no chance
you might forget. Simply sign up for
Direct Debit with Bord Gáis Energy
by calling 1850 632 632 or visit
www.bordgaisenergy.ie/dd and
you’ll be in with a chance to win.
On your marks, get set, go!
We’re all trying to do our bit for the
environment and a little less clutter
is always a good thing. That’s why
we’ve introduced paperless billing. It
not only cuts down on the paper you
receive, it reduces the paper we use.
So it’s better for you and for
the environment.
Here’s how it works. Instead of
sending you a bill on paper, you’ll
receive an email notification when it’s
ready to be viewed online. It couldn’t
be easier.
As well as reducing the paper in your
post box, paperless billing also allows
you to easily view all your historical
bills online. This makes it
easier to file and retrieve old bills.
You can still use the same payment
options of Direct Debit or Online
Payment, giving you greater control
of your costs.
To set up paperless billing, just
log onto www.bordgaisenergy.ie/
paperless and register for an account
by following the simple instructions
on screen. If you ever decide to, you
can easily switch back again with just
a few clicks of your mouse.
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Once you’ve registered for an online account:
1. Just click on the paperless billing option on the left hand side of the screen.
2. Turn on paperless billing in the ‘make me paperless’ section that appears and you won’t receive another bill through the post.
3. Once you’ve opted to use paperless billing we will send you a confirmation email.
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Get up close to the antics of
Clarkson, Hammond, May and The
Stig as they rock Dublin again this
December, in the most eagerly
anticipated show of the year; Top
Gear Live. If you like cars… if you
like amazing stunts… if you like
special effects… then this action
packed event is the show for you!
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Just like people, houses need to be
properly wrapped up to brave the
elements. Home insulation is that
warm scarf and wooly hat that keeps
the warmth in and the cold out!
Without proper insulation, your home
loses valuable heat through window
frames, walls and up through the attic
to the roof. Experts from Sustainable
Energy Ireland (SEI) say that you
could save up to 40% a year on your
energy bills just by having your house
properly insulated. That’s a saving you
can’t afford to miss.
Beef and Guinness Casserole
by HEAT winner 2009 Trevor Thornton
Ireland’s newest cooking sensation, Trevor Thornton, winner of
RTE’s HEAT gives us his very own special recipe for a delicious
Beef & Guinness casserole.
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20g/1oz butter
2 tbsp olive oil
1000g/2.2 lbs diced beef/stewing steak
Salt and pepper
500ml Guinness
1 tbsp tomato puree
Insulating your home is easier than
you might think. You can
find out everything you need to
know from the experts in Sustainable
Energy Ireland at www.sei.ie. You can
also apply for a government grant
to help you cover the costs of the
insulation. Full details are available on
www.sei.ie/hes or you can simply
Lo-Call 1850 927 000.
500ml vegetable/chicken stock
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2-3 bay leaves
2 sprigs of thyme
1 sprig of rosemary
2-3 carrots, peeled and sliced
into 1cm pieces
450g/1 lbs button mushrooms,
2 small packets
3-4 medium onions, peeled
and quartered
2 tbsp parsley, roughly chopped
Preheat the oven to 180ºC/Gas 4
Heat the butter and oil in a casserole dish
over a medium to high heat. Add one third
of the meat and brown on all sides for 3-4
minutes. Don’t add all the meat at once
otherwise it will stew. Brown it in stages,
seasoning with salt and pepper as you
do and transferring to a separate dish
once complete.
Don’t worry if some of the meat
sticks to the base. This just gives the
finished dish extra flavour. Place one third
of the Guinness into the empty pot. Use a
wooden spoon to scrape up all the residue
from the bottom of the pot, this is called
deglazing. Stir in the tomato puree and
cook for 1-2 minutes to cook out the puree.
Return the meat to the pot along with
the rest of the Guinness, the stock, add
Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, thyme and
rosemary. Bring the mixture up to the boil,
place the lid on and transfer to the middle
shelf of the oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Take the pot out every 30 minutes and stir,
in case anything catches on the bottom.
After 1 hour and 15 minutes add
the carrots and onions. Put the lid back on
and cook for a further 30 minutes. Then
add the mushrooms and stir well to coat.
Place back in the oven with the lid off. The
mushrooms release a lot of moisture at this
point and some of it will need to escape.
Cook for a further 20-30 minutes.
When ready, remove from the
oven and stir in the chopped parsley.
Then season again to your taste. Serve
into warm bowls with some creamy mash
or tasty colcannon. Comfort food at its
best. YUM!
TOP TIP
If you want the sauce to become a little
thicker, pour the sauce out of the pot
and reduce until it is thick and glossy.
Alternatively you can add cornflower.
Spon sorshi p
The Bord Gáis Energy
What tips would you give to
anybody interested in getting
involved in hurling?
Hurling is a fast, skilful game which
can be very exciting to play. My main
tip would be to practice as much as
you can on all the skills of the game.
Under 21 Hurling Championship Final
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After a season full of thrills and spills, the Bord Gáis Energy Under 21 Hurling
Championship reached its climax on 13th September with a cracking game
between Clare and Kilkenny. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or someone who
can’t tell their hurleys from their hurlers, you have to marvel at the recent skill
shown by the young players from both teams. We spoke with two of the star
players about life as a hurler.
Who have your toughest
opponents been?
All opponents are tough. At
inter-county level every player
is very fit and skilful.
So what’s the best thing about
playing for your county?
Probably getting a chance to play at
the highest level and testing myself
against the best in the country!
I’m sure it was a long hard journey to
the final but what was the best game
you played in along the way?
The semi final against Galway! It was
one of the best games I have ever
been involved in. The standard was so
high and it was played at such a high
pace that it was difficult to think about
what was going on around you.
Darach Honan
Clare
Well done on winning the final this
year but how did you get into hurling
in the first place?
I started as soon as I was able to pick
up a hurley. My father played a big
part in getting me interested – he used
to play for Clare himself.
You must train very hard, do you ever
feel like packing it all in?
I train almost every day. If it’s not
with the county it’s with the club.
Occasionally there are times when
you feel dejected about the game and
want to get a break from it but I find
when I’m annoyed with something my
first reaction is to go out and have a
puck-around so it doesn’t last
too long.
As I’m sure you are – any secrets?
We have a training schedule laid out
for us for a few weeks in advance.
This includes a dietary plan for
training days and match days, which
really helps.
What’s your number one
training tip?
Listen to your coach’s advice, and
then try to practice this at speed.
Richie Hogan
Kilkenny
Who do you think is going to be the
next big hurling star?
There are loads of great young
players at present, Joe Canning is a
star already, and Noel McGrath from
Tipperary is still only 19. Also there’s a
great young player in Kilkenny called
Eoin McGrath that’s showing
great promise.
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