New boiler replacement scheme for Northern Ireland

12th Jul 2012

How to Apply for the Scheme

To apply for a boiler replacement grant you can either call the Northern Ireland Housing Executive 03448 920900 or send an email to boiler-replacement@nihe.gov.uk. You can find more details about the scheme on the NIdirect website here.

The Northern Irish Department for Social Development is funding a new boiler replacement scheme available to householders in Northern Ireland which would enable them to claim up to £1,000 towards the cost of a new boiler.

The scheme is intended to promote the replacement of inefficient boilers with new efficient condensing boilers, either oil or gas. It also covers wood pellet boilers.

Only those earning less than £40,000 per year and who currently have a boiler older than 15 years are eligible and the amount awarded depends on the total gross income earned. Those earning less than £20,000 will only be able to claim £700 unless controls are also being installed in which case they will receive the full £1,000. For those earning between £20,000 and £40,000, the grant will be £400 for the boiler or £500 if controls are being installed.

“I would encourage homeowners who meet the criteria to register now so their information can be logged ahead of the scheme opening” said Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland. “They can also begin to make enquiries about the type of new boiler they would like to have installed and book ahead with a local installer, so they can get the work done as quickly as possible.”

The Minister also commented that last year’s pilot scheme, which targeted elderly people, saw almost 1,700 boilers replaced with some of the new boilers delivering a 30% increase in energy efficiency. Some 640 installers were contacted and so the scheme will benefit local businesses as well as householders. Some additional funding may be available from the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.

All those who register will be contacted in September by Housing Executive staff when the scheme opens. Each household also needs a formal approval from the Housing Executive before replacing the boiler as no retrospective grants will be issued. In the meantime householders are being encouraged to make preliminary enquiries with heating installers in order to decide which heating system they would prefer. The scheme is being administered by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive which predicts that over 16,000 homes across Northern Ireland could become more energy efficient.