Transport is the largest source of energy consumption in Ireland. Read our helpful tips on how you can save energy when you travel.

Walk and cycle

The number one thing you can do to reduce your transport emissions is to walk or cycle where possible, or use public transport. The most energy efficient journey is the one you do not make in the car.

Drive more efficiently

Car pooling 

Where feasible, car pooling with colleagues, neighbours, friends and family is a great idea.

Driving style

If you need to drive, then driving style can also impact on energy use. Here are some top driving tips for improving efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions:

  • Drive between 65-80 km/hr where safe and practical
  • Drive smoothly- harsh acceleration and braking can use up to 30% more fuel
  • Avoid idling
  • Remove unnecessary weights, e.g. roof boxes, bike racks
  • Keep tyres inflated to the correct pressure
  • Use air conditioning sparingly
  • Keep your engine regularly maintained
Sign up to the Energy Academy where you can take a course on energy efficient driving

Switch to electric

If you need to drive, consider investing in an electric vehicle for your next car. It is much cheaper to run and less harmful to the environment. We offer grants for new electric vehicles and home charge points. Coupled with VRT relief, this could save you up to €10,000 on the purchase cost. Electric cars are ideal for most drivers, in particular regular commuters. Many new models now have a driving range of up to 400km!

Why drive electric    Visit our grants section