The County Tipperary village of Emly has been placed sixth at the Energy ‘Eurovision’ finals. A total of 16 European countries competed at the European Energy Neighbourhoods competition, culminating in the finale in Brussles tonight (June 28). Countries such as Sweden, United Kingdom, Germany, France and Austria were all represented. The eventual winners hailed from Greece.
Emly, as represented by their tidy towns committee emerged winners in May of a national energy saving competition ran by the Tipperary Energy Agency. They beat communities in Cork, Waterford and Galway, all vying to become Ireland’s most energy efficient neighbourhood. The Emly householders managed to decrease their energy consumption by 37%. The Tipperary group travelled to Brussles for the prestigious ceremony, together with Vincent Carragher, Energy Manager at Tipperary Energy Agency. Vincent Carragher said ‘I’m delighted that Emly placed so high in the finals. They set a great example to every household in Ireland, that making some simple changes can make such a difference and make massive savings in money’.
The group were commended for their energy efficient ways, which resulted in average savings of €740 per household per annum. Some of the ways they reduced energy simply included not using their dishwasher and tumble dryers and not filling the electric kettle. All these appliances were recently listed by Electric Ireland in the top five ‘energy guzzlers’ in Irish homes.