Grants available for new boilers

Sinn Fein's Pat Doherty
Sinn Fein's Pat Doherty
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Local people have been reminded that there are only three months left to apply for a new boiler,

The Boiler Replacement Scheme is due to end on the 31st March 2015.

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has urged owner occupiers who meet the eligibility criteria to apply for a grant.

He said: “Replacing old inefficient boilers helps reduce energy costs and maximise energy efficiency in your home. Given the impending closing date for the scheme I would urge all owner occupiers who meet the eligibility criteria to apply as soon as possible.

The scheme is open to any owner occupiers earning less than £40,000 who have a boiler at least 15 years old.

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 (Dual control boilers mean that you can heat your hot water without turning on you central heating).

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.

There are also a number of grants available including a potential grant of up to £1,000 to have the work done.

Mr Doherty continued: “These grants are dependent on your total gross income and would be available to assist in replacing an inefficient boiler for a more energy-efficient condensing oil or gas boiler, switching from oil to gas; or switching to a wood pellet boiler.

“Whilst there will be an inspection fee of £60, which is compulsory, the potential benefits of having a more efficient heating system will demonstrate good value for money. Householders are free to use an installer of their choice as long as they are gas safe registered for gas installations.

“So if you own your own home, earn less than £40,000 a year and your existing boiler is at least 15 years old-you are eligible to apply and you should ring the Helpline Number: 03448 920 900 straight away.