Check the heating system.
If storage heaters are installed, you will pay the cost of running them on your electricity bill. They can be controlled by hand.
If oil-fired central heating, you can order large or small quantities of oil (minimum € 100). Check Grange Fuels 071 917 3805, McPartland Fuels 071 93 141 32, M & K Oils 071 916 8830, Sligo Fuels 071 916 9552/ 071 916 06 12, Top Oil 071 916 22 38, Texoil 058 73860.
The house might be equipped with a back boiler. You make a fire and the radiators heat up. If you have never made a fire in Ireland, ask for advice as it can be very dangerous.
Avoid drying clothes directly on the heaters as it stops the hot air from circulating and warming the house and it creates mould on walls. Buy a clothes horse instead and dry clothes outside whenever possible.
Check the water-heating system. It is recommended that you do not have it on constantly as it would be very expensive to run. Have in on for two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening to suit your routine. If the tank is not insulated, cover it with a lagging jacket to save on electricity.