With long-range weather forecasters predicting a severely cold Winter in Ireland this year, OFTEC is reminding householders that grants are still available for those needing to upgrade their boiler.
The organisation, which represents the domestic oil heating and cooking industry in Ireland, says there are still grants available under the Better Energy Homes Scheme from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
The grants of up to €560 could help ease the chill of the investment for householders this Winter, providing substantial savings in both the cost of upgrading the boiler and on-going fuel costs. For those with older boilers of over 15 years or more, the grants can also improve household safety with a modern, well maintained boiler reducing the risk of harmful fumes such as carbon monoxide.
Damien Keenan from OFTEC Ireland said, “Approximately half a million homes in Ireland use heating oil as their primary heating source and we estimate that over 60% are still being heated by older, inefficient boilers. This is an excellent scheme, particularly given the energy demands that a particularly severe winter will place on householders - we are urging consumers to take advantage of the grants while they are still available to reduce energy costs and improve energy efficiency. It’s possible these grants may not be available in 2013 and we will be watching the Budget announcement on 5th December for an indication.”
The Better Energy Homes Scheme, relaunched by the Government last December, provides grants for homeowners who upgrade their old boilers to high efficiency condensing boilers. Under the scheme Irish householders who qualify for the grant can get €560 towards the cost of a new boiler and controls or €400 towards upgrading central heating controls only.
Damien Keenan added: “A condensing oil boiler will increase your efficiency level by up to 18% and that can mean an annual saving of up to €425 on your oil bill every year thereafter! Upgrading to an oil condensing boiler is easy as all your existing pipe-work remains and the new boiler simply slots into the existing space with minimal upheaval and disruption when compared to switching to an alternative fuels source, for example.”
OFTEC issued the grant reminder to householders following predictions for a particularly cold winter in Ireland this year. Long range international meteorological reports for Ireland from British Weather Services, is forecasting a colder than average period from mid-November 2012 to late January 2013, with significant snow at times and minimum temperatures falling to -10°C to -12°C.
OFTEC promotes this national scheme, which is open to all homeowners of dwellings built before 2006, on behalf of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. Over 125,000 Irish homeowners have already received cash grants through the scheme to install heating system upgrades, insulation and solar panels. OFTEC registered technicians can guide householders through the process of applying for a Better Energy Homes Scheme grant and getting a new boiler this winter. To find one in your area, log on to www.oftec.org/Technicians/index or contact 0845 658 5080.