What is Energy Poverty
If a household is unable to attain an acceptable standard of warmth and energy services in the home at an affordable cost that household is considered energy poor. In Ireland households are currently defined as energy poor if they spend more that 10% of their disposable income on energy costs.
Government 's Strategy for Energy Poverty
The fundamental principle that everyone should be able to adequately light and heat their homes is at the heart of Government Policy on Energy Affordability.
In 2011, the Government launched its Warmer Homes: A Strategy for Affordable Energy in Ireland. This Strategy sets out a vision for combating energy poverty by improving the affordability of energy for low-income households The Strategy also ensures that people can live in a warm and comfortable home. This will enhance the quality of their lives and support good physical and mental health.
The Department recently concluded a consultation on affordable energy. This consultation recognised that although there has been progress over the past three years in addressing energy poverty, significant challenges remain. The Department is currently reviewing all the responses received to the consultation. The responses from the consultation will be considered by the Department in the construction of Ireland's New Affordable Energy Strategy.
Did you know?
A family in an energy inefficient home can pay over €4000 to keep their homes adequately warm. Improving the energy efficiency of their house can potentially reduce their energy bill by as much as €2000!
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