What is Energy Poverty
A household is considered energy poor if it is unable to attain an acceptable standard of warmth and energy services in the home at an affordable cost. 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
Government Policy on Energy Affordability is founded on the fundamental principle that everyone should be able to adequately light and heat their homes.
In 2011, the Government launched its Warmer Homes: A Strategy for Affordable Energy in Ireland which set out a vision for combating energy poverty by improving the affordability of energy for low-income households, ensuring that people can live in a warm and comfortable home that enhances the quality of their lives and supports good physical and mental health.
The Department recently concluded a consultation on affordable energy which recognised that although progress has been made over the past three years in addressing energy poverty, significant challenges remain. The Department is currently reviewing all the responses received to the consultation and these responses will be considered 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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