Dáil Éireann - Volume 387 - 21 February, 1989

Written Answers. - Central Heating Statistics.

[884] 111. Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for the Environment the proportion of Irish housing which has central heating; the distribution by type of heating systems, for example oil, gas, solid fuel, stove or backboiler; and the distribution by main heating appliance used by those houses without central heating for example fire, electric heater or super-ser.

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment (Mr. Connolly): The most recent Census of Population data regarding heating systems in the Irish housing stock relates to 1981. However, a survey carried out by An Foras Forbartha during 1985 and 1986 indicated that approximately 55 per cent of Irish households had central heating and that the main heating methods were as follows:

Households with Central Heating

Households without Central Heating

Gas-Fired

2.5%

Solid Fuel — open fire

21.9%

Oil-Fired

11.6%

 — closed

1.3%

Electric

0.6%

 — cooker/stove

16.9%

Solid fuel fire — open

15.7%

Electricity

1.9%

   — closed

15.3%

Oil

0.1%

Two fuel systems

8.1%

Gas

1.1%

Other

0.5%

Other/not stated

2.0%

Total

54.8%

Total

45.2%