Over 700 new boilers have been installed in homes across Derry since the Department for Social Development’s (DSD) Boiler Replacement Scheme started in September 2012.
Replacing an old inefficient boiler with a new condensing boiler can in an average save a three bedroom semi-detached house, between £300 to £350 per year.
Sinn Fein’s housing spokesperson in Derry, Councillor Tony Hassan welcomed the news and encouraged anyone who thinks they meet the criteria to apply for the grant.
“I urge homeowners whose household income is less than £40,000 per year and currently have a boiler of at least 15 years to contact the Housing Executive on 03448 920900 or visit the nidirect website,” said Colr. Hassan.
SDLP Foyleside candidate in the up and coming council elections, Rory Farrell, said applying for the grant was a great way for local households to reduce their energy consumption.
“I would encourage all households that meet the criteria to apply. Fuel poverty is a scourge on our society and given rising energy costs and stagnating wages, many families in Derry are feeling the squeeze.
“This scheme aims to improve energy efficiency by replacing old boilers with more modern technology. New boilers use less fuel to produce the same heat so households should see a noticeable reduction in their bills after installation.”
The scheme offers owner occupiers a grant of up to £1,000 to replace inefficient boilers, with energy efficient condensing oil or gas boilers; switching from oil to gas; or switching to a wood pellet boiler.
The scheme is available to those who earn less than £40,000 a year with an inefficient boiler of at least 15 years and is dependent on total gross income.
For more information on the Boiler Replacement Scheme visit the nidirect website www.nidirect.gov.uk/grant-to-replace-your-boiler.