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Switcher.ie reveals Ireland’s greenest homes

  • Wicklow took the top spot for the county with the most eco-friendly homes in Ireland.
  • Kildare have the warmest homes in Ireland, with 16,252 homes with a Building Efficiency Rating (BER) of B2 or more
  • Dublin County has the highest electric car ownership, with 10,999 newly registered vehicles in 2023
  • Wexford ranked number one for homes using renewable energy
  • Roscommon was the county in receipt of the most SEAI property grants
  • WicklowMeathDublinWexford, Sligo, Cork, Kildare, Kerry, Waterford, and Galway were the top ten counties with the most sustainable homes.

New research by Switcher.ie has revealed the counties with the most eco-friendly homes in Ireland. 

As more households drive electric, recycle and switch to cleaner, more efficient sources of energy – Switcher’s study ‘Ireland’s Greenest Homes’ analyses and ranks the counties with the most sustainable homes in Ireland.

We compared: 

  • BERs of B2 and above
  • Tonnes of recycled waste
  • Newly registered electric vehicles
  • Properties using solar energy
  • SEAI solar panel installations
  • SEAI roof insulations
  • SEAI property upgrades

Wicklow was in the top spot as the county with the greenest homes in the country, with the second-highest number of EVs and energy-efficient homes. It also beat many other regions when it came to recycling, solar energy, and SEAI grants.

Wicklow, Meath, Dublin, Wexford, Sligo, Cork, Kildare, Kerry, Waterford and Galway were the top 10 counties with the most eco-friendly homes.

Though more urban counties with higher incomes like Wicklow, Meath, Kildare, Dublin, Galway and Cork made the top 10, counties like Sligo, Wexford, Waterford and Kerry also fared very well, with plenty of warm, energy-efficient properties, SEAI grants and a significant amount of homes using solar energy.

Here’s a snapshot of the main stats:

Wicklow5.84 per 1,000 (908)55.4 per 1,000 (8,625)27.6 per 1,000 (4,297)62 per 1,000(9,640)
Meath4.7 per 1,000(1,048)55.2 per 1,000 (12,164)34.6 per 1,000 (7,629)57 per 1,000 (12,557)
Dublin7.5 per 1,000 (10,999)52.3 per 1,000 (75,938)18.8 per 1,000(27,325 )215 per 1,000(311,901)
Wexford3.1 per 1,000 (513)33.9 per 1,000 (5,552)29.8 per 1,000(4,881)60 per 1,000 (9,812)
Sligo2.6 per 1,000(183)31.8 per 1,000 (2,222)20.5 per 1,000(1,433)38 per 1,000(2,653)
Cork4 per 1,000(2,327)42.2 per 1,000 (24,549)25.6 per 1,000(14,886)110 per 1,000 (63,935)
Kildare5.1 per 1,000 (1,261)65.8 per 1,000 (16,251)29.4 per 1,000(7,282)42 per 1,000 (10,373)
Kerry1.9 per 1,000(310)31.9 per 1,000 (4,955 )27.4 per 1,000(4,264)43 per 1,000(6,676)
Waterford3.2 per 1,000(417)37 per 1,000 (4,714)22.1 per 1,000(2,808)50 per 1,000( 6,354)
Galway3 per 1,000 (830)31.6 per 1,000 (8,759)22.4 per 1,000(6,218)46 per 1,000(12,717)

Top 5 for renewable energy

Wexford took the top spot for homes using renewable energy. It received a significant number of SEAI renewable energy grants in 2023 and was second highest for homes using solar power.

The top five counties for homes using renewable energy included Wexford, Kerry, Meath, Clare and Wicklow. 

Most SEAI grants

In 2023, the SEAI completed over 47,900 home energy upgrades, up 76% year on year. Roscommon had the most SEAI property upgrades per 1,000 in 2023, followed closely by the counties Sligo and Leitrim. The top five counties for homes receiving SEAI grants were:  Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim, Mayo and Waterford.

With the warmest homes

Kildare had some of the most energy-efficient homes in the country. To determine who had the warmest homes, we ranked counties with the highest number of properties with a BER rating of B2 or more. Other highly rated counties included Kildare, Wicklow, Meath, Dublin, and Louth. 

Best counties for electric cars

Dublin County took the top spot for electric car ownership. Though they can be expensive, electric cars are 60% cheaper to run, and with the volatile price of petrol and diesel and SEAI grants of up to €3,500 for a new EV, more Irish households are going electric. The counties with the most newly registered electric cars in 2023  included: Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare, Meath and Kilkenny. 

Commercial Director of Switcher.ie,  Eoin Clarke says: 

“With ambitious climate targets, government grants and sky-high energy prices, ever more Irish households are reducing their waste, driving electric and making their homes warmer and more energy efficient.

Besides lowering the carbon footprint, cleaner energy alternatives like electric cars, solar panels, and heat pumps also offer families longer-term ways to save.

Though urban, higher-income areas like Dublin, Kildare, Cork and Wicklow ranked highly for renewable energy use, electric cars and recycling, more rural regions like Wexford, Sligo, Kerry, and Roscommon featured strongly for solar power, energy efficiency and SEAI grants. 

Though switching to an electric car or making your home warmer can come with steep upfront costs, many government grants are available. Always check if you’re eligible for a partial or full grant from the SEAI,  so you don’t pay more than you need to. 

There are also simple, less costly ways to make your home warmer, like insulating your hot water cylinder,  hanging thermal curtains, fitting draught or chimney excluders, or radiator boosters to ensure a consistent room temperature.”

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