Offaly people are the biggest turf burners in the country

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Offaly people are the biggest turf burners in the country

Offaly people are the biggest turf burners in the country

Statistics published by the Central Statistics office in recent days, ‘Regional SDGs Ireland 2017’, has listed Offaly as the top peat-using county in Ireland.

Midlands counties featured heavily with Longford in fourth spot but topping the pile nationwide was Offaly. According to the figures, 37.9% of households use 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%.