Lorrha/Rathcabbin are one of the founding communities of Energy Communities Tipperary Cooperative.
The Kilcommon/Rearcross/Hollyford Energy Team (KRHET) sprung up from a presentation given to the community by Gearóid Fitzgibbon of North Tipperary LEADER Partnership (NTLP) and Alexandra Hamilton from the Tipperary Energy Agency (TEA) in January 2014.
Drombane and Upperchurch is aiming to reduce the amount of money leaving our local economy in the form of energy and fuel bills every year. The steps to do this are basic enough in the form of better insulation in our homes. The less energy we use to heat our homes, the less we have to spend heating them.
“My house was originally a 19th century farmer’s cottage that has been extended twice, most recently in the mid-1980s, which made it into a two-storey house. There are still two walls left of the original cottage. During the winter, if I ran the central heating for a few hours to warm up the house, when it gets switched off, the house would be cold again within an hour. So through ECTC’s project I had the attic and walls insulated as well as a new high efficiency condensing boiler with smart heating controls installed. The difference was massive. The house retains the heat so much better now. I am using about 50% less kerosene as the boiler doesn’t need to be run for as long. The house is definitely much more comfortable as a result, with a BER rating of B3.”