FIRMUS energy launched an exciting initiative today offering almost £2million worth of grants to qualifying households in Banbridge to switch their existing heating system to natural gas.
This is the third year that firmus energy has run the ‘toasty homes’ scheme, which is part-funded through the Northern Ireland Sustainability Energy Programme.
The ‘toasty homes’ scheme gives homes in Banbridge the opportunity to secure a grant of up to £1,500 towards the installation costs of converting to a new natural gas heating system. Anyone who successfully secures one of the ‘toasty homes’ grants can also benefit from up to £800 towards insulating their home, free energy saving light bulbs and a free energy monitor.
Last year more than 500 homes across Northern Ireland received a grant to convert to natural gas, which is a convenient, versatile and more efficient fuel. This year, grants totalling £1,915,000 will be available to over 600 households via the toasty homes scheme and a further 200 households can benefit from the toasty home plus grants. The grants are available across the firmus energy network in Northern Ireland, on a first-come, first-served basis. What makes the ‘toasty home’ scheme unique is that it is open to households which currently use oil, LPG, Economy 7, solid fuel or those with no heating system.
New this year, an additional £715,000 worth of grants has been allocated to qualifying homes under the Toasty Homes Plus scheme. Toasty Homes Plus offers qualifying households a free natural gas heating system conversion and up to £800 to help insulate their home.
Given that almost a quarter of heat is lost through the roof of an un-insulated home1, the ‘toasty homes’ scheme, which can also includes insulation, will allow householders in Banbridge to ensure their homes are as energy-efficient as possible.
Customers who secure a ‘toasty homes’ grant will receive financial support to install a high efficiency natural gas boiler which will help reduce household fuel bills and reduce CO2 emissions2.
Adding the savings from more efficient boilers, proper controls and the lower cost of natural gas can create huge savings. firmus energy natural gas prices continue to be the lowest of any domestic gas supplier in Northern Ireland3. Natural gas from firmus energy remains one of the lowest cost heating fuels for your home.
Gary Swann, firmus energy, was in Banbridge to help launch the ‘toasty homes’ scheme with the Chairman of Banbridge District Council, Councillor Joan Baird MBE and Liam Hannaway, Chief Executive of Banbridge District Council.
Chairman of Banbridge District Council, Councillor Joan Baird MBE, welcomed the scheme.
“We are very pleased to support firmus energy at the launch of this year’s ‘toasty homes’ scheme. The cost-saving benefits to people living in Banbridge are 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 £24,000 gross per annum; OR couple (with/without children) /single parent family with income/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.