Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 26 October 2014

Homeowners encouraged to save money by going green

Energy bills have risen much faster than incomes in recent years
Energy bills have risen much faster than incomes in recent years

Homeowners across Northern Ireland will soon be able to tap into a government scheme that will pay them to go green – cutting energy bills and receiving quarterly payments for seven years.

The Renewable Heat Incentive is already available to non-domestic consumers across Northern Ireland, with businesses and organisations including National Trust properties, tapping into thousands of pounds worth of savings – essentially receiving zero cost heating for the next 20 years.

Now domestic users will be able to take advantage of a new RHI programme for homeowners, which was launched in Britain in April 2014 and is about to be rolled out by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in Northern Ireland.

The aim is to increase the uptake of renewable heat to 10% by 2020.

Technologies covered by the scheme will include biomass heating systems, which burn fuel such as wood pellets, chips or logs to provide central heating and hot water in a home.

Fermanagh-based wood pellet manufacturer Balcas says it is gearing up to meet increased demand from consumers looking to save money and reduce their carbon footprint.

The company is offering to assist homeowners with the process, from completing application forms through to finding an appropriate MCS-accredited boiler and installer.

Paula Keelagher, Balcas brites market development manager, said: "Our team has worked with a wide range of customers, both big and small organisations, to deliver their heating requirements and save them money. We fully expect homeowners to tap into this innovative scheme that will reduce their heating bills and reduce the impact of future price increases of oil or gas."

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