The boiler replacement scheme, which is available in Northern Ireland only, helps owner occupiers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. The scheme has been extended until 31 March 2016.
The scheme is open to owner occupiers whose household income is less than £40,000 and who have an inefficient 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 exclusively 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.
The boiler replacement scheme has been very successful to date with over 18,481 old and inefficient boilers being replaced.
You must receive written approval from the Housing Executive before you replace your old boiler.
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.
Those who think they may be eligible can contact the telephone number or the email address below to find out more and check if they can apply.