Grants of up to £1,500 are now available to owner-occupiers, private renters and landlords if they are choosing to convert their property to natural gas.
The new firmus energy ‘home comfort’ grant initiative was launched recently by Cllr Thomas Hogg.
The scheme, which is run in association with the Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme (NISEP), means that around 400 qualifying households across Northern Ireland, can secure a grant of up to £1,500 when they install a natural gas heating system.
Michael Scott, Managing Director of firmus energy said: “Converting to natural gas can offer homeowners, landlords and private renters many benefits. As well as being practical and convenient, it is extremely energy efficient and a more environmentally-friendly fuel source. Switching to natural gas gives a more responsive heating system, more controllable cooking and constant hot water – it really fits around customers’ lifestyles as it is always available and there is no need to remember to reorder it. Many of our customers choose to have a pay-as-you-go meter which makes budgeting easier and means they never have to find a large lump sum to fill a tank.
“There are a variety of grants available to owner occupiers and private renting tenants converting their homes from various fuel sources, including coal, LPG and Economy7 or even without an existing heating system. Some properties with oil boilers broken beyond repair may also be eligible for one of our schemes. The home comfort grant offers qualifying applicants at least £300 and up to a total of £1500 cashback, depending on their circumstances.
Cllr Hogg added: “We are very pleased to support firmus energy at the launch of this year’s ‘home comfort’ grant scheme. Residents in Antrim and Newtownabbey are able to take advantage of this grant to convert to natural gas, which offers householders many great benefits. I would encourage anyone interested in gaining some extra ‘home comfort’ to apply for a grant sooner rather than later, as there are a limited number available.”
Grants are only available through firmus energy qualified installers.
Further information on the range of firmus energy cashback schemes that are available, including the ‘home comfort’ grant, along with qualifying criteria, can be found at www.firmusenergy.co.uk or by calling 0800 032 4567.