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Baxi offers advice on the forthcoming Boiler Replacement Allowance, and why it makes good financial and environmental sense to replace old inefficient boilers.
More than 16,000 homes across Northern Ireland could become more energy efficient thanks to a new boiler replacement scheme announced by the Northern Ireland Executive recently. But if your old boiler still works, why should you consider retiring it and installing a new one?
Well, quite simply, if your boiler is more than 15 years old, it is probably what is known as a ‘standard efficiency’ boiler, installed before condensing boilers became the norm. That means that for every unit of gas it burns, it probably converts less than 70 per cent to useable heat, which means you are quite literally burning money!
According to the Energy Saving Trust, replacing an old inefficient boiler with a new model can save you around £300* a year on your fuel bill.
Condensing, or high efficiency, boilers have bigger heat exchangers, so they extract much more heat. In fact, the flue gases can get so cool that they condense – hence the name – and even more energy is recovered, making the boilers over 90 per cent efficient**.
This means you will generate more heat for your money, your fuel bills will be lower and in addition you will be substantially reducing your carbon dioxide emissions. If you switch from oil or coal to natural gas, the money and carbon savings could be even greater.
Am I eligible for the scheme?
In order to be eligible for the scheme you must satisfy the following criteria:
• you own your home
• your household’s income is less than £40,000
• your boiler is over 15 years old
Unfortunately if you rent your home from a private landlord, the Housing Executive or a Housing Association you cannot apply for this scheme.
The grant will help towards the cost of a new, high efficiency oil or gas boiler, switching your heating system from oil or LPG to gas, or switching to a wood pellet boiler, like the Baxi Bioflo.
The amount of money you will get depends on your household income. If your household income is less than £20,000, the basic grant is £700. This will increase to £1000 if you install controls as well as a boiler.
If you earn between £20,000 and £40,000 the boiler grant will be £400, rising to £500 if controls need to be installed.
You can choose your own installer. Where they are working with gas, they must be a Gas Safe registered engineer. You can find installers in your area by visiting the Gas Safe Register website.
You should make enquiries about the best type of heating system for your home and get quotes from several installers so you are ready to get the work done as quickly as possible after your grant is approved.
How do I apply?
The scheme will be available from September 2012, and you can register your interest and find out if you are eligible now by phoning the Northern Ireland Housing Executive on 0300 200 7874 or be emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit the Baxi website for information on Baxi’s range of high efficiency boilers or to find your local Baxi installer.
* According to the Energy Saving Trust – Replacing your boiler
** According to the Boiler Efficiency Database