West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Welcome for reintroduction of Boiler Replacement Scheme.

Published: 1 June, 2012

Sinn Féin councillor Declan McAleer has welcomed the re-opening of the Boiler Replacement scheme. The scheme aims to replace old, inefficient boilers and will be open in the autumn. Owner occupiers earning less than £40,000 who have a boiler at least 15 years old can apply to have it replaced. Up to £1,000 can be granted towards the replacement. Speaking on the issue Councillor McAleer said: "Following on from a very successful pilot scheme which ended in March 2012 it has been decided to re-open the scheme. Obviously I would welcome this. Furthermore I would urge anyone who could benefit from the scheme to apply for it. There was a huge demand previously for the scheme I would urge anyone who is interested to apply early for this worthwhile scheme. "There are also a number of grants available including a potential grant of up to £1,000 to have the work done. 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.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. Indeed the money would ba made back on having a new and improved heating system. "Replacing old boilers will help people reduce their energy costs and maximise the energy efficiency in your home. Householders are free to use an installer of their choice as long as they are gas safe registered for gas installations. "I would urge anyone interested to ring the helpline on 0300 200 7874 to check their eligibility for the scheme or to get more information on the scheme.