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Energy consumption in Ireland on the decline

Consumers in Ireland reduced their energy consumption by 12% between 2008 and 2011

Figures recently showed that, in Ireland, energy use had significantly decreased in a three year period. The figures, produced by the European Union’s statistical office, revealed that there had been a 12% drop in consumption in the country.

Eurostat, who released the figures, showed that between 2008 and 2011 only Lithuania had a bigger decrease in energy use than Ireland among EU countries.

The study, which focused on figures rather than reasons for the decrease in usage, did underline that usage has declined throughout the EU since the financial troubles of recent years began to bite.

The fact that prices in Ireland have soared at a time of financial crisis has been blamed partly by providers on the Commission for Energy Regulation. Other factors listed by providers include the euro exchange rate, expenditure on gas, and the cost of setting up the Ireland-Britain electricity interconnecter.

Germany, Britain, France, Italy and Spain, the biggest consumers in the EU, made up nearly two thirds of the total energy use by the European Union, which totals 27 countries in all.

The only four EU countries to see an increase in use since 2008 were Poland, Belgium, Estonia and Malta.

Ireland was shown, by the Eurostat figures, to rely on importing 89% of its energy, making it more heavily dependent on importing than most countries in the EU.

The amount of consumers unable to pay their bills has increased significantly, with the Commissioner for Energy Regulation producing disturbing figures. In three months in 2012, nearly 2,400 households suffered disconnections of their natural gas supply.

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