An energy project requires time, commitment and an informed approach. Working together as a community means a shared workload, better value for money, and a bigger impact.
Why work as a group
In Ireland hundreds of communities are working together to become more sustainable in how they use energy. These are some reasons why:
- Changing our energy use creates one of the biggest impacts for sustainability and the environment. Acting together means this impact goes even further.
- We can reduce energy bills in the community by doing local energy projects. This means we free up more money to spend in the community in the longer term.
- Community energy projects mean warmer, healthier homes and community buildings. It improves quality of life, especially for the vulnerable in the community.
- These projects can bring the community together and contribute to bigger goals such as Tidy Towns, green tourism, and eco-congregation activities.
What energy communities do
Groups of people come together to improve how energy is used for the benefit of their community. They look at how we can use energy in a sustainable, holistic way. Energy communities often look at projects in homes, transport and local business. They also look at community buildings such as schools, community centres, and sports facilities.