Newry homes to recieve new boilers in pilot replacement scheme

Declan McAteer Posted by
Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

One hundred and sixty eight homes in the Newry and Mourne area are set to have new boilers fitted as part of a £2 million pilot replacement scheme. The scheme, launched in June last year, is funded by the Northern Ireland Executive and is aimed at older people who do not qualify for other energy efficiency improvement schemes.

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland spoke of how the scheme can help make fuel go further, “More than 1,300 homes across Northern Ireland will have boilers replaced as a result of this NI Executive initiative. Some homes in Northern Ireland have boilers 30 or 40 years old, which are very inefficient and costly to run. Replacing these can increase the efficiency by more than 30%, making the fuel go further.”

He continued, “I will be looking closely at the result of this pilot to see what lessons can be learned and how we can further improve the energy efficiency of more homes across Northern Ireland. The scheme has also given a boost to more than 600 local heating installers across Northern Ireland and the work in Down, Newry and Mourne represents an injection of more than £250,000 for local businesses.”

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