Updated: 21/11/16 : 07:02:40
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Running a home in Ireland jumps to 16,600 per year

It costs an average of just over 16,600 to run a family home in Ireland this year, including mortgage costs, property tax, utilities and bin charges.

That's almost 2.5% more than last year, according to new figures released by AA Home Insurance.

The increase is being attributed to the rise in property prices, up from an average of 205,000 in 2015 to 215,000 this year.

Conor Faughnan, Director of Consumer Affairs at AA Ireland, says consumers have gained a little on energy and heating costs: "In all, we have seen a slight rise in the cost of running a house in Ireland over the last year.

"Mostly that is due to a rise in mortgage costs, associated with the house prices itself going up, but in terms of consumer woes, we have gained a little bit this year, the cost of heating, the cost of energy and the cost of electricity did drop slightly, home insurance did go up a little bit."