For ‘peats’ sake, Longford named fourth highest turf users in Ireland

Kevin Forde

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Longford fourth highest turf-users in Ireland

Longford fourth highest turf-users in Ireland

Statistics published by the Central Statistics office in recent days, ‘Regional SDGs Ireland 2017’, has listed Co Longford in the top-four peat using counties in Ireland for 2016. 

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Topping the pile was Offaly county, with 37.9% of households using peat as their main source of heat. In second position was Roscommon with 26.6% using peat, while 23% of Galway households used turf/peat. Meanwhile, a total of 20.8% of households in Longford used turf as their primary heat source.

Overall, peat was only used in 5.3% of households in Ireland as a primary heat source, while it was used by 23.6% of Midland homes in total.

According to the results published by the CSO, approximately four out of ten households had oil central heating in Ireland in 2016, with just over three out of ten houses using natural gas. Border counties had the highest number of households using oil at 66.4%, with Dublin having the lowest at 11%.

In Longford in 2016, approximately 55.3% of households used oil.