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Grants, Assistance and Support Services

​Improving the energy efficiency of your home is one of the simplest ways of saving energy and combating rising energy prices. Getting such measures installed may not cost as much as you think. Finding out what grants and discounts are available is easy.

Northern Ireland Housing Executive Boiler Replacement Scheme

Grant to replace your boiler

The boiler replacement scheme, helps owner occupiers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

 

Criteria and amount payable

The scheme is open to owner occupiers whose household income is less than £40,000 and who have an inefficient oil or gas boiler of at least 15 years old. You will only be eligible to replace your existing gas boiler if the gas connection to your property was made at least 15 years ago. The allowance does not apply to Economy 7 heating, stoves used only for cooking, back boilers or room heaters.

 

The grant of up to £1,000 dependent on total gross annual income is available to help with replacing an inefficient boiler with a more energy efficient condensing oil or gas boiler; switching from oil to gas; or switching to a wood pellet boiler.

 

The amount of grant payable will depend on total gross income. 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.

 

You must receive written approval from the Housing Executive before you replace your old boiler.

 

Installers

Boiler installers should normally be accredited to a relevant trade body. However, householders can use an installer of their choice.  For gas installations the installer must be 'gas safe' registered.  If you are installing a gas boiler for the first time you may also be eligible for additional help from the gas companies. You will need to contact the individual gas company before you carry out any work, as this aspect of the scheme will not be administered by the Housing Executive.

 

Find out more

Those who think they may be eligible can contact the Boiler Replacement Scheme team within the Housing Executive.

Phone: 0344 892 0900

Email: [email protected]

 

Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme (NISEP)

 

The Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme (NISEP) provides help to install energy saving measures in your home and in commercial premises. These grants provided can help with the cost of:

 

  • Insulation
  • new heating boilers and controls
  • energy efficient lighting

 

Each grant has its own eligibility criteria and applicants need to refer to the criteria and the scheme manager for information on making an application.  Grants open in April for each financial year.  A list of current schemes are usually found on the Utility Regulator Website www.uregni.gov.uk

 

Details of the schemes available through NISEP for the period April 2018-March 2019 can be accessed on the following web link

https://www.uregni.gov.uk/sites/uregni/files/mediafiles/NISEP%20List%20of%20Schemes%202018-19.pdf

 

Winter Fuel Payment

 

If you are aged 60 or over you may get a Winter Fuel Payment to help pay for keeping warm in winter. This can be between £100 and £300 depending on your situation.  The Winter Fuel Payment is tax free and paid yearly to eligible older people.

 

To find out more about Winter Fuel Payment and download the 2018 to 2019 application form, using the following web link;

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/winter-fuel-payment

Cold Weather Payment

 

If you're receiving certain benefits, you could qualify for extra money for each week there is very cold weather in your area. This is known as a Cold Weather Payment.

The Cold Weather Payment scheme runs from 1 November 2018 to 31 March 2019.

 

Each Cold Weather Payment is £25. Payment is automatic if you receive a qualifying benefit and the temperature in your postcode area is, or forecast to be, zero degrees or below for seven consecutive days.

 

To check whether the temperature in your area is low enough for you to receive a payment, use the Cold Weather Payment checker. 

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/cold-weather-payment