More than £1million of funding is available through the firmus energy ‘home comfort’ grant initiative which was launched in Banbridge by Lord Mayor, Councillor Darryn Causby.
The scheme, which is run in association with the Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme (NISEP), means that around 400 qualifying households across Northern Ireland, including those in Banbridge, can secure a cash-back grant of up to £1800 when they install a natural gas heating system.
There are also approximately 75 ‘Free Heat’ grants available which means that the full cost of the installation will be covered.
Michelle Trainor, from firmus energy, commented: “We know that many families and individuals are under financial pressure and we are delighted to be able to offer a range of grants and cashback schemes.
“There are a variety of grants available to owner occupiers and private renting tenants converting their homes from various fuel sources.
“Households qualifying for the ‘home comfort’ grant will receive at least £300 and up to a total of £1800 cashback, depending on their circumstances.”
Lord Mayor, Councillor Darryn Causby commented on the scheme: “We are very pleased to support firmus energy at the launch of this year’s ‘home comfort’ grant scheme. Residents in the area are able to take advantage of this grant to convert to natural gas, which is a cleaner source of energy than traditional fossil fuels.
“I would encourage anyone interested in gaining some extra ‘home comfort’ to apply for a grant sooner rather than later, as there are a limited number available.”
Further information can be found at www.firmusenergy.co.uk or by calling 0800 032 4567.