Grants set to make local homes toasty this winter

SOME householders in Banbridge could qualify for a “toasty homes” grant to switch their heating to natural gas this winter.

Firmus Energy is offering grants of up to £1,500 towards the installation costs of converting to a new natural gas heating system.

Anyone who gets a grant can also benefit from up to £800 towards insulating their home, free energy-saving light bulbs and a free energy monitor.

Chairman of Banbridge District Council, Councillor Joan Baird MBE welcomed the scheme - which is running locally for a second year. “We are very pleased to support firmus energy at the launch of their ‘toasty homes’ scheme.

“The cost-saving benefits to people living in Banbridge is two-fold; initially the substantial discount off the installation but equally importantly, the significant savings on fuel bills gained by installing a highly efficient heating system and by insulating the home.

“I would encourage anyone interested in making their home a ‘toasty home’ to apply for a grant sooner rather than later, as there are a limited number of grants available.”

To qualify for the ‘toasty homes’ scheme, people must Own their own home or live in privately rented accommodation; currently use LPG, oil, Economy 7, solid fuel or have no central heating, live along the Firmus energy natural gas network in Banbridge; be single with an income/pension of up to £24K gross per annum; or couple (with/without children)/single parent family with ncome/pension up to £35K gross per annum.

If you would like to find out if you are eligible or you want to turn your home into a ‘toasty home’ simply contact firmus energy on 08456 08 00 88.