The Boiler Replacement Allowance is a Department for Social Development Scheme, administered by the Housing Executive. This project is part financed by the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.
The Boiler Replacement Scheme is for owner occupiers whose total gross income is less than £40,000 and is to help with the cost of replacing boilers which are 15 years or older with new boilers.
Boilers account for about 55 per cent of what you spend in a year on energy bills, so an efficient boiler makes a big difference.
Modern boilers are more efficient for several reasons, but their main advantage is that they are all condensing boilers. All well-maintained boilers burn their fuel very efficiently, but they inevitably lose some heat in the hot gases that escape up the flue. A condensing boiler has a larger heat exchanger, so it recovers more heat, sends cooler gases up the flue and is more efficient.
Sometimes the flue gases get so cool that the water vapour in the gas condenses out (hence the name), and even more energy is recovered from the condensing vapour.
Get more information and find out if you are eligible for a grant here.