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Energy Efficiency

Statistics from the Northern Ireland House Condition Survey of 2006 indicated that an estimated 3,230 (45.3%) of households in the Moyle District Council area spend more than 10% of their income on household fuel costs.

Those most vulnerable are older people, people with a disability or chronic health issues, young children and babies.

It is therefore important to ensure that your home is as energy efficient as possible. An efficient, regularly serviced heating system, cavity wall and loft insulation will minimise heat loss from the home, while other smaller measures can greatly reduce your electricity bills.

For example, switching off appliances instead of leaving them on standby can reduce your electricity costs by 6%, while turning the thermostat down by 1°C can reduce your heating costs by 10%. (source: Energy saving Trust)

Further details and energy efficiency tips are available from

Rosie Watson (Energy Efficiency Adviser)
Tel: 028 2766 0257
email: rwatson@moyle-council.org
 
Grant Schemes
For owner occupiers or private tenants there are several schemes at different times of the year offering financial assistance to those requiring home insulation or heating. Some of these are free of charge, while others are income based or benefits based. Conditions apply.

Warm Homes Scheme
 
We are currently making referrals to Warm Homes 2013-2014. The scheme is open to householders or private tenants of any age in receipt of one or more of the qualifying benefits.

Qualifying Benefit

Warm Homes

Warm Homes Plus

Income Support

Y

Y

Income Related Employment & Support Allowance

Y

Y

Income Based Job Seekers Allowance

Y

Y

Pension Credit

Y

Y

Child Tax Credit (with relevant income less than £15,910)

Y

Working Tax Credit

Y

Y

Disability Living Allowance

Y

Attendance Allowance

Y

Housing Benefit

Y

Y

This can help provide

Some applicants may also be eligible for heating measures (Warm Homes Plus), if they currently have solid fuel, Economy 7, bottled gas system (LPG) or no system at all. Conditions apply.

Warmer Ways to Better Health Scheme

Power NI is offering householders, who fall outside the Warm Homes criteria, free loft and/or cavity wall insulation for their home.

There may also be a heating package available where Economy 7 heating. solid fuel heating, or no central heating exists. Conditions apply. Please contact the Energy Efficiency Adviser for details. Tel: 028 2076 2225.The insulation package is available to the following people: -

Single person household with an income/pension less than £18,000 gross

Or

Couple or single parent family with an income/pension less than £25,000 gross

Or

Single person household/Couple with an income/pension less than £30,000 gross and over 70 years of age

Funding is limited with grants offered on a first come first served basis

Further details and energy efficiency tips are available from

Rosie Watson (Energy Efficiency Adviser)
Tel: 028 2766 0257
email: rwatson@moyle-council.org

Moyle Oil Stamp Scheme: ‘BEAT THE CHILL’

This popular scheme is designed to help assist residents to budget their oil payments and ensure that they beat the winter chill.

Stamps (£5 each) can be purchased at any time from a number of local retail outlets and kept on an Oil Savings Card. These stamps will then be accepted in payment by a selection of local oil companies.

This means that householders can spread the cost over several weeks or months rather than having to spend hundreds of pounds in one payment.

Participating local retailers are:

Ballycastle Credit Union, 1 The Diamond, Ballycastle
Ballyvoy Service Station
Bush Fuels, 3 Main Street, Bushmills
Bushmills Post Office, 67 Main Street, Bushmills
Blackmore Fuels, 47E Castle Street, Ballycastle
Castle Street Service Station, 54 Castle Street, Ballycastle
Culbertson Eurospar, 6-8 Ramoan Road, Ballycastle
McCaughan’s Mace, 17 Main Street, Armoy
McKay’s, 23 Main Street, Mosside
Mosside Service Station
Moyle District Council Offices, Sheskburn House, Ballycastle
Rathlin Post Office, The Harbour, Rathlin Island
Spar, Moyle Road, Ballycastle
 
 
 
 
Participating oil suppliers:
 
McAlonan Oils, 3 Mill Street, Ballycastle 028 2076 2233
Blackmore Fuels, 47E Castle Street, Ballycastle 028 2076 2266
O’Connor’s, 206 Garron Road, Glenariffe 028 2177 1377
Alan Murphy, 100 Coast Road,Cushendall 028 2177 1268
Casey Oils, 19 Lough Road, Loughgiel 028 2764 1285
Taylor Fuels, 56 Bravallen Road, Ballymoney 028 2766 6163
Star Fuels, Glasgort Road, Aghadowey 028 7086 8611
Wilmont Fuel Oils, 6 Heagles Road, Ballymoney 028 2074 1414
AH Fuel Oils, 9a Clare Lane, Cookstown 028 7083 3131
Nicholl Fuel Oils Ltd, 176 Clooney Road, Greysteel, 028 7181 0471
North Antrim Fuels, 2 Burnquarter Lane, Ballymoney 028 2766 9878
Harrigan Fuels, 120-122 Drones Road, Ballymoney 028 2075 1275
Emo, Hillman’s Fancy, Ballycastle Road, Coleraine 028 7034 4911
Kelly Fuels, 40 Northbrook Industrial Estate, Newmills Road, Coleraine 028 7034 2283
 
 
Useful Websites
- Access to Benefits (free and anonymous online benefit calculator for older people)
www.a2b.org.uk
 
 
- Power NI
http://www.powerni.co.uk
 
- Bryson Energy Adviceline: 0800 1422 865
http://www.brysonenergy.org
 
- Renewable Technologies
www.actionrenewables.org
 
Useful Resources
- NIE Energy Added Value Services
 
 
Security
The rising oil prices have led to an increase in raids on domestic heating oil tanks as thieves attempt to cash in on current markets.
The police have issued warnings to homeowners to be wary of unusual vans or lorries parked close to their property.

Other advice includes:
  • Fitting a sturdy padlock to the filler cap
  • Ensuring gates and fences are in good repair
  • Plant defensive shrubs (thorny) around your oil tank, e.g. holly
  • Lighting, dusk to dawn lights activated by a photocell are good as they give light all night
  • If you are re-siting an oil tank, or building a new house, consider securing the tank in a locked structure

Anyone with information in relation to the theft of heating oil, should contact their local PSNI station, or Crimestoppers free on 0800 555 111.


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