The Tipperary Energy Agency is launching the Energy Neighbourhoods Competition again after last year’s successful campaign. The competition aims to help householders reduce their energy use by 9% (€180) through a collective approach with friends and neighbourhoods.
This is the third such competition in Tipperary and former winners are St Ailbhes school in Tipperary and Dundrum Tidy Towns who made a massive 17% and 30% savings respectively. The current competition will run from December the 1st until the 30th March.
A neighbourhood is a group of 5-15 households who are prepared to take up the challenge and compete against other neighbourhoods from all over Tipperary. Every house that enters and achieves the 9% energy saving will achieve significant reduction on their energy bills and for the average house this puts €180 back in their pockets. The neighbourhood that makes the greatest energy savings will receive €1000 and second place receives €300. The overall competition winner will win an expenses paid trip to Brussels to the European award ceremony.
A neighbourhood doesn’t mean you all have to be neighbours; you can be a group of individuals from a workplace, club or society. The important point is that you all know and regularly see one another. It is easier to be motivated if you know how other members of your group are getting on!
Vincent Carragher of the Tipperary Energy Agency said “it’s a fun competition as part of which we host many energy saving workshops in local communities around Tipperary. Last year the average savings in Tipperary were second only to those of Spain, so we finished at the top of the European rankings”.
Francoise Hickey, the project officer in the agency details that the last competition was extremely successful with all the participants learning how to use their home and appliances more efficiently and save energy. A new feature of this year’s competition is the Climate challenges, where householders will be given challenges that aim to dispel the myths about local action on climate change, preparing a locally sourced menu, understanding transport energy use.
Energy Neighbourhoods also allows Tidy Towns to score more highly in the National Tidy Towns evaluation so its win-win for them. Anyone interested can contact the energy agency at 052 7443090 or visit www.energyneighbourhoods.ie or email Vincent on firstname.lastname@example.org.