Strabane residents are set to benefit from a new funding scheme which will help convert their households to natural gas as part of wider efforts aimed at making homes more energy efficient within the western region.
SGN Natural Gas was approved funding from the Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme (NISEP) 2018-19 to help connect homes in the Co. Tyrone town to natural gas central heating, including insulation and energy efficiency measures.
The SGN Natural Gas scheme approved by the Utility Regular offers households the chance to convert to a grant funded natural gas heating system. In addition, there are a range of connection offers already available for residents who wish to make the switch to natural gas such as 0% finance and £500 cashback.
The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle who attended the launch of the scheme, welcomed the NISEP funding and said he was particularly pleased the scheme will benefit households in the Council area.
Councillor Boyle said: “I welcome the news that both private renting tenants and owner occupiers in the Council area who meet the relevant criteria can benefit from applying for a range of energy efficiency measures through the NISEP scheme.
“The western area suffers from high levels of energy inefficiency and the NISEP scheme, along with the other available schemes offer help to householders to insulate their homes and upgrade their heating systems in time for the colder months ahead.”
Darren Young, SGN Natural Gas Head of Business Development, confirmed that residents within Strabane making the switch to natural gas would also avail of a free natural gas meter installation, subject to terms and conditions.
He explained: “We are committed to ensuring as many residents as possible are enjoying the benefits of natural gas, we are also delighted, as part of our wider strategy to play a key role in effectively addressing the fuel poverty issues within our network area, where approximately one in every two homes are currently considered to be in fuel poverty.”
“We now have over 2,000 connectable properties in the Strabane town area and we would encourage householders who have not already contacted us to get in touch as soon as possible to establish if they are eligible for NISEP funding which is distributed on a first come, first served basis. We have been delighted with the number of homes and businesses making the switch to date”
“Natural gas is convenient, reliable, easy for budgeting and the cleanest of the commonly used fossil fuels. Homes utilising natural gas also have the option of using a pre-pay card to top up your natural gas supply from as little as £5 so there are a wide range of benefits to making the switch.”