Northern Ireland halved fuel poverty between 2011 and 2016 after implementing continued energy efficiency improvements across the country.
That’s according to a new report from the Housing Executive, which shows as the number of dwellings rose from 760,000 to 780,000, the proportion of households affected by fuel poverty fell from 42% to 22%.
It said this occurred largely due to lower average fuel prices, improved energy efficiency and increased income.
The government also invested more than £117 million in domestic energy efficiency schemes and £181 million in Housing Executive stock during the five-year period.
Despite this, the report suggests low income continued to be a significant cause across the country, with 55% of households with an annual income of less than £10,399 suffering from fuel poverty.
It shows more than half of households living in dwellings built before 1919 were in fuel poverty, as were a third of those in small villages, hamlets or rural areas.