£1300 firmus Grants Available to Households in Newry

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Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
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While students are cashing their grant cheques and buying essentials such as books and packets of noodles, homeowners in Newry may not realise that they too can access a grant of their own, worth up to £1300.

While this grant will not benefit residents when it comes to academic qualifications as it is a ‘Gas Conversion Grant’ for those wishing to change their home-heating fuel to natural gas; it does offers a few basic lessons in energy efficiency as well as impressive statistics about how much money an average household could save.

Michelle Trainor, for Firmus Energy, explained, “Now that the students are heading off to University and College, there is no better time to take on a challenge of your own – to bring down your household fuel bills!

“While the young people will receive academic qualifications for their hard work, with very little effort, you could be saving cold hard cash every month. If you bank this money while your children are studying, this could amount to a substantial fund by the time they graduate.

“The ‘Gas Conversion Grant’ is being offered by the government and is supported by Firmus Energy to help households convert to cheaper, more convenient natural gas, which is also the most environmentally-friendly fossil fuel available to homes and businesses 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Firmus energy is providing a £300 grant to all households wishing to convert to natural gas within their network areas, including Newry, and the NI Executive then contributes up to an additional £1000, dependent on income, to owner occupiers with an oil or LPG boiler that is at least 15 years old,” Michelle revealed.

“Natural gas from Firmus Energy remains one of the cheapest ways to heat your home. In fact, over the last year it has been on average around 20% cheaper than oil. Oil boilers are also typically much less energy efficient and can be running at only 60% capacity, compared to a modern natural gas SEDBUK A boiler which can run at over 90% efficiency.

“This means that households could be losing up to 40p of fuel in every pound, which mounts up very quickly. With natural gas, there is also an option to use a ‘pay-as-you-go’ meter making it easier to budget, ensuring that there is one less bill for householders to worry about.”

Michelle added, “In the long run, whether you have been to University or College, a simple equation to remember if you are thinking of switching to natural gas is ‘A+B=C ‘ – which stands for Advantages + Benefits = Convert now! It could save you a lot of money in the long run.”

If you would like to find out if you are eligible for a ‘Gas Conversion Grant’ or for more information on converting to natural gas simply contact firmus energy on 08456 08 00 88.


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