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OFTEC Urge NI Residents to Apply for Boiler Replacement Scheme

£2 million cash injection extends Boiler Replacement Scheme until 31st March 2016.

Industry body OFTEC are urging homeowners in Northern Ireland to take advantage of recent extensions to the Boiler Replacement Scheme.

The nationwide programme, which was launched in 2012, was created to help homeowners fund the replacement of their old boiler, by providing a grant of up to £1,000 for eligible homes. The project has been hugely successful among families in the area, with over 19,700 boilers being replaced over the past three years.

David Blevings, Ireland Manager of OFTEC said: “The boiler replacement scheme is an excellent initiative and it’s good to see so many householders have already signed up to it. Over 19,700 homes are benefitting from the Boiler Replacement Scheme and having more efficient home heating, but we know there are still many homes across Northern Ireland with oil boilers over 15 years old. We are urging those householders to look into their eligibility and take advantage of this offer before March 2016.”

As approximately 68% of homes in NI use heating oil as their primary fuel, improvements in boiler efficiency could lead to huge savings across the area. The new condensing oil boilers being fitted under the scheme can improve efficiency by up to 18%, meaning oil users could save up to £200 each year on their oil bills.

Department of Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey said: “The extension of the Boiler Replacement Scheme underlines my commitment to supporting people to reduce their energy costs and to maximise the energy efficiency of their homes. It has helped many households and I want it to help many more. As well as helping homeowners, this scheme has resulted in the employment of over 2,000 installers across Northern Ireland, bringing additional revenue to the construction industry and wider economy.”

Want to Apply for the Boiler Replacement Scheme? 

With the closing date set for the 31st March 2016, if you’re considering a boiler replacement or upgrade you’ll need to apply soon.

Check your availability for the scheme now on the NI Direct website, or contact your local OFTEC-registered engineer, who will be able to help you apply for the grant directly.

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