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Whatever you're looking to do, we have plenty of inspiration and ideas to help you on your journey to a greener lifestyle.

Benefits of a green lifestyle

Living a green lifestyle helps in the fight against climate change, creates health benefits for all of us and saves money.
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In practice a green lifestyle means better food choices and a more active way of life. Sourcing food locally, growing our own and commuting on foot, bike or by electric vehicle are choices that produce less waste, lower pollution and better air quality for all generations.
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Investing in a greener lifestyle can cost money up front, but the savings soon balance the cost of powering a hybrid or electric car, or heating a well insulated or solar panelled home. Grants and incentives can go a long way towards covering the set up costs.
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All of us can do more to protect the limited resources of our planet.
Today’s small changes in lifestyle will lessen the effects of climate change and build a better environment for us to pass to the generations who follow us.



Easy changes for a greener lifestyle

Changing our habits can make difference.

Thinking of Going Green?

Our behaviours, our habits and how we choose to live our lives leaves a footprint.

Many of us want to do more in support of a healthier planet and to ensure its preservation for the many generations to come. 

We’ve worked with experts Sustainability Works to create our Going Green quiz. In just 5 minutes you can find out how green your choices are, as well as some tips and tricks on how you can do more.

Green resolutions

 Commit to second hand - books, clothing, furniture. Whether it’s charity shops, classified sites or exchanging with family or friends it’s a great way to reduce and reuse.
 Pledge to support Green Businesses. Doing some research can help you understand which companies are doing that bit more to support a greener environment. Supporting greener businesses is a great way to cut your carbon emissions. 
 Fast fashion is a serious contributor to green house gas emissions. Why not make a commitment to buy less often or source from sustainable retailers and buy good quality clothing that lasts and fits well. 
 Grow something every month. Eating fresh, locally sourced and in season produce cuts down on food miles. It doesn’t come more local than your own back garden. Keep an eye on our Instagram page or visit our friends at for tips and tricks of what to plant and when. 
 Become an Advocate. Make a commitment to learn more about climate change, stay informed and share your knowledge with others. Shake up your Instagram and social feeds, follow others that are leading the way.  

Kinder ways to work from home

 Turn off computers, laptops and monitors at the end of the day - it sounds simple, but many of us don’t do this.
 Many of us print documents to review when really, we could do this digitally.
 Make the most of natural light. If our workspace allows, we should follow the sun instead of turning on lights - plus sunlight is a great mood booster.
 Invest in a digital paperless notebook. The initial expense might be more, but in the long run they can turn out to be cost effective.
 Try bamboo made stationery. It’s just as durable as plastic, but significantly better for our planet.

Eco friendly commuting

 Take public transport or cycle. Cycling is carbon-free, great exercise, cost effective and quick.
 Going car free is just not practical for some of us - but why not consider some greener options and reduce your carbon footprint by upgrading to an electric or plug-in-hybrid vehicle.
 For those of us who can’t part with our cars, maintaining them will help. Keeping tires properly inflated and having the engine checked regularly can reduce fuel consumption.
 Changing our commute times to avoid peak traffic by going or leaving later than others will avoid so many of us sitting in rush-hour traffic.
 Offset carbon contributions. Whether we are driving to work or flying to a conference, buying credits to offset our carbon footprint can help reduce our impact on the climate.



Considering going electric

Kinder for our communities and there are savings to be made too.

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Benefits of driving electric

 Up to 70% reduction in fuel costs.
 Electric vehicles (EV) are grant eligible (up to €5,000).
 Battery Electric Vehicles have the lowest tax - €120 per year.
 Discounted toll incentives - 50% for battery electric vehicles and 25% for plug in hybrid electric vehicles.
 Fewer moving parts means less wear and tear and cheaper servicing costs.
 Zero emissions meaning cleaner air for pedestrians and cyclists as well as reduction in noise pollution.
(Source: SEAI 2021)

Benefits of cycling electric

 The Bike to Work scheme could help you purchase an electric bike up to €1,500. (Source: Bike to Work 2021)
 An electric motor can help you feel capable of tackling longer distances or hills when cycling.
 They are better for the environment than driving, especially if you charge them using green or renewable energy.
 Less waiting in the traffic means that you can travel faster than other modes of transport at rush hour, making your commute more enjoyable, while reducing traffic in your neighbourhood.
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Driving electric - useful tools

Industry comparison tools, grant information and charge point locations.

SEAI grants

Electric vehicles are grant eligible up to €5,000 and you may also be able to claim up to €600 towards the cost and installation of an electric vehicle home charger unit.
(Source: SEAI 2021)

SEAI electric vehicle calculator

Find out how much you can save in both costs and in emissions by choosing electric or hybrid models of diesel and petrol vehicles.

EV charge point map

ESB owns, operates and maintains many public charge points across Ireland.
Download the ecar connect app or check out their interactive map to locate the nearest charge point to you.
(Source: ESB 2021)



Warmer, more energy efficient homes

Energy efficient homes cost lest to run, are more comfortable to live in and have less impact on our environment.

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Benefits of upgrading your home

  • Comfort - No more drafty cold rooms in winter.
  • Savings - Reduce your heating bills.
  • Health - Damp and mould are associated with low energy efficient homes.
  • Environmental - Higher rated energy efficient homes benefit from lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Thinking of Going Green?

Upgrading your home is a great way to live a little greener, but it’s not the only way. We’ve worked with experts Sustainability Works to create our Going Green quiz. In just 5 minutes your can find out how green your choices are, as well as some tips and tricks on how you can do more.

Home energy upgrade options

There are changes that you can make, big and small, and some that will cost considerably more than others. 
 Simpler Changes: Turning down the thermostat, replace old light bulbs with LED and upgrade to energy efficient appliances.
 Bigger Investments: Solar panels, heating system upgrades, roof and wall insulation and windows and doors replacements.
 Full Home Retrofit: A full retrofit of your home to increase the energy rating may seem a big task - but help is at hand.
Find out more at our AIB Green Living Home space.
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Green finance options

Let’s take a look at some lower rate green finance options developed as part of our pledge to DO MORE.

Green personal loan

With our green personal loan, you can make your new car or home improvements a more sustainable choice.

Top-up mortgage

If you are an existing AIB mortgage customer you could borrow against the equity in your home to pay for energy efficiency improvements.

Green 5 year fixed rate mortgage

If you are buying or building a high energy rated home, we have a lower rate of interest for you.



We Pledge To DO MORE

Over the last number of years we have been working to build a more sustainable business. We've invested in wind energy projects, launched a €10 billion climate action fund and created a green mortgage.

And yet, it's still not enough. And we will keep telling ourselves that every day. AIB alone is not the solution to climate change, but we are doing everything we can to be a part of it.

Find out more



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