The boiler replacement scheme, which is available in Northern Ireland only, helps owner occupiers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
"My Grandmother's oil boiler was leaking but she could not afford a replacement. After calling the scheme helpline, an engineer called out to inspect the boiler. Not long after she received a grant for £1000 towards a new boiler! We were so pleased and reassured to know the new more efficient boiler will also help her save money on fuel."
The scheme is open to owner occupiers whose household income is less than £40,000 and who have an inefficient boiler of at least 15 years old.
The grant of up to £1,000 dependent on total gross income, is available to help with replacing an inefficient boiler with a more energy efficient condensing oil or gas boiler; switching from oil to gas; or switching to a wood pellet boiler.
The amount of grant payable will depend on total gross income. For those earning less than £20,000 the grant is £700 to replace the boiler but will rise to £1,000 if controls are also being installed.
For those earning over £20,000 but less than £40,000 the grant is £400 for the boiler but will rise to £500 if controls are installed.
Householders are free to use an installer of their choice as long as they are gas safe registered for gas installations. If you are changing your boiler to gas as part of this scheme, Phoenix Natural Gas will pay an additional £200 in the greater Belfast network, and firmus energy will pay an additional £300 within their ten towns network.
To find out more and apply telephone 0300 200 7874.
If you need further assistance please contact the Age NI Advice & Advocacy Service on 0808 808 7575.
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