The Home Renovation Incentive scheme, which allows homeowners and landlords a future tax credit for the vat incurred on renovations of their home or rental property at a rate of 13.50% and carried out by tax compliant contractors, has been extended by 1 year to the end of 2016, it has been announced by the department of finance. The qualifying spend must be between €4,405 and €30,000 before Vat and effectively allows the house owner to carry out such repairs net of Vat.
This scheme provides a tax relief by way of an income tax credit on repair, renovation or improvement works on principal private residences or rental property carried out by tax compliant contractors. In addition to providing an income tax relief, the HRI also aims to support tax compliance in the building industry by moving activity out of the shadow economy into the legitimate economy.
Examples of repair, renovation or improvement works that qualify under the Home Renovation Incentive include –
Oil Boiler Upgrade
Gas Boiler Upgrade
Carpets, furniture, white goods (such as fridges, dishwashers) and services (such as architect’s fees) with a VAT rate of 23% don’t qualify. Materials a Homeowner or Landlord buys such as paint, tiles and so on, don’t qualify.
A qualifying residential property is –
The following don’t qualify for the HRI –
Click here for more information on the HRI.
Save up to 20% on your gas bill and get one of the boiler grants when replacing your gas boiler or oil boiler. You must apply for the SEAI grant in advance of any work being undertaken.
Now is an ideal time to replace an old and inefficient gas or oil boiler with a new gas boiler. The SEAI Grant for the heating controls is €600 and the grant for Oil boiler or Gas boiler with the heating controls upgrade is €700.
There are boiler replacement grants available for homeowners who upgrade their old oil boiler or gas boilers to a high efficiency condensing boilers (i.e. – with a “seasonal” efficiency of 90% or more.)
The government scheme called Better Energy was launched in May 2011 as part of the new government jobs initiative. The level of grants available increased on March 10th 2105.
Under the scheme Irish householders can get a grant of €700 Euro towards the cost of a new high efficient oil boiler or gas boiler replacement. The boiler replacement grants are only available if you also qualify for a grant towards upgrading your central heating controls. The grant available for just an upgrade of heating controls is €600.
Figures from OFTEC – say that condensing oil boilers upgrades could save as much as 18% in oil costs for heating and hot water. So if you currently spend €2000 a year on oil – you could save around €360 a year. You would recover the initial cost of the boiler and fitting in about 3.5 years. With winter on the way – anything that reduces the cost of heating has to be a good thing.
Check List for Heating Controls
If you answer No to most of the questions below its time to save money by installing heating controls:
Remember you must use an SEAI registered contractor and apply in advance of any work being undertaken. When applying you must specify the contractor.
There really is no ‘one size fits all’ time frame for replacing a gas or oil boiler as there are so many variables in determining when the right time to do so is. An older boiler which has been meticulously taken care of could be in better condition than a much newer one which has had no maintenance applied during its existence.
Listed below are some of the main situations where a complete boiler replacement is advised:
In some situations when you have had a boiler for many years but it still runs at a high level of efficiency and reliability you may still want to consider an upgrade regardless. If the boiler is old there is a reasonable chance that boiler replacement parts may not be in production anymore, so when your boiler does eventually break down (they all do at some point – that much is inevitable) you will have no choice but to upgrade to a newer model.
In such situations, it is a lot better to have a boiler replacement on your own terms and at a time that suits you, as opposed to at an unexpected and inconvenient time. You may wish to have your gas boiler replacement carried out during the warm summer months to avoid being left without a boiler (not to mention without heat) during the winter when you will miss it the most. Since oil and gas engineers tend to be much less busy in the summer you should be able to have your boiler replacement completed quickly. Many gas and oil boiler servicers offer generous discounts during the spring/summer months, so upgrading your boiler at this time is both cheaper and easier than at any other point during the year.
Boilers which have been on the go for a long time or those which have not been receiving regular maintenance can often, despite doing their actual job quite well, produce a loud banging noise known as ‘kettling’ which can be quite distracting/irritating. Kettling happens when debris accumulates in the piping of heating systems and travels into a boiler’s heat exchanger.
It is usually possible to stop kettling from occurring by using a power flush operation to remove built up sludge and unwanted goo from your heating system. However, power flushing is not always a permanent solution. If it ends up needing to be done on a regular basis the cost may end up overtaking the price of replacing a boiler.
A flue is a vital component of any oil or gas boiler. Its job is to move potentially hazardous emissions from the boiler (which is typically located inside) to the outdoors where they can disperse in a safe fashion. Generally speaking, a flue is a lot more exposed and therefore much more susceptible to erosion than any other component associated with a gas or oil boiler. Sometimes replacement parts for a flue will go out of production long before the other boiler parts, making them difficult or impossible to source.
In addition to this, during construction of a building, flues are often hidden from sight within the structure itself for aesthetic reasons. In practice, this can make it very hard for construction workers to get at and replace them without having to instigate a time consuming and expensive operation (pulling apart walls etc.). In such situations, your time, energy and money might be better spent replacing your full boiler (along with a new flue).
The initial high start up cost of having your gas or oil boiler upgraded to a high efficiency condensing boiler can be off-putting to some. While probably the best long term solution, having a new boiler installed isn’t the only way to increase your gas or oil boiler system’s efficiency and save money on your heating bills.
Some types of gas/oil boiler, particularly older models can be fairly unreliable and need repairs quite frequently. This is not only a drain on one’s finances but also your time and patience. Oil/gas boilers which need repairs very frequently can be more trouble than they are worth and end up costing more than a full boiler upgrade before long.
Similarly, gas and oil boilers which have not proven to be problematic for a very long period of time, but then suffer a major break down may also prove to be prohibitively expensive to repair. Older boilers, in particular, may prove expensive and inconvenient to repair as sourcing compatible parts for them may be difficult. When the price of repairing a boiler starts to reach a certain point it makes economic sense to consider a full boiler upgrade instead. It is often the case with older boilers that once they break down once it is the ‘beginning of the end’ for them, so to speak, with more frequent break downs likely in the future.
Like virtually any form of technology, the gas and oil boilers of today are greatly improved when compared to their predecessors. Modern boilers are much more efficient than older models when it comes to fuel and heating efficiency. It is generally understood that even when in optimum working order, a gas or oil boiler that is between 10 and 15 years old will only burn fuel at about 70% efficiency. In the case of boilers that are 20 or more years old, this efficiency rating drops below 60%. Of course, these numbers don’t even take into account the fact that most boilers of such an age will have accumulated a significant amount of ‘wear and tear’ during the course of their existence, meaning that their true efficiency rating will be even lower. When only a low percentage of fuel being burned by a boiler is converted directly into usable energy, the rest is wasted. An inefficient gas or oil boiler indirectly burn your money.
Modern high efficiency condensing boilers, by contrast, convert upward of 90% of their burned fuel into usable heating energy. The very top of the line boilers can convert up to 98%, meaning virtually no fuel is wasted in the burning process. This, in turn, means that your oil/gas boiler will use significantly less fuel to heat your home, meaning you won’t have to refill the boiler as often. This can generate big monetary savings over the long term. The reduction in waste emissions also has the added bonus of being better for the environment.
Oil Tank Maintenance, in the vast majority of situations there is no real way of storing oil for your oil boiler other than in a large oil tank which is situated outside of your main property for both safety and logistical reasons.
Unfortunately, this can make your precious oil vulnerable to theft. By following these instructions, you should be able to ensure that your oil does not get taken by thieves.
When installing or replacing an oil tank it is important to think in terms of security, safety, and access when it comes to positioning it. Ideally, the oil tank should be easily viewed from within your home so that you will be able to see any robbers that may be interfering with it.
It is of the utmost importance to make sure that your oil tank’s vent (sometimes called the ‘breather’) is not in any way blocked as ventilation is an integral part of how your oil tank runs. If it does get blocked off then serious problems can arise such as your tank splitting, which is not only very expensive to repair, but also very dangerous.
Care must also be taken to ensure that the oil delivering company will have easy access to the fill point and that the oil gauge is easily viewed.
An oil tank’s gauge (sometimes known as a ‘verifier’) is a device which is used to measure how much oil there is in the tank (the most advanced types are accurate to within a fraction of an inch). You should always check to ensure that your oil gauge is attached to the oil tank correctly so that you can guarantee that it is giving out accurate readings. This will allow you to ensure that you get the right amount of oil when it is delivered to you. It will also make it much easier for you to check your oil levels should you suspect that your tank is being targeted by thieves. Some types of oil gauge can be used remotely and will issue an audible warning when the oil level drops below a certain point. Should the alarm sound at an unexpected time, you will then be in a position to react accordingly.
While locking your oil tank won’t make it 100% safe from thieves, it will certainly decrease the chances of your oil being robbed. Certainly, it will deter some criminals or, at the very least, make life more difficult for them. Some oil tanks have lids with their own lockable valves or some other such method of restricting access to your oil. In other cases, you will be able to purchase a specially designed lockable cap to add to your tank. It is always a good idea to consult with your oil delivery company or the engineer who installed your tank in order to see what options are available to you.
Having your tank in a well-lit area will make robbers think twice about interfering with your oil tank and make it easier for you to spot them if they do. However, leaving lights on all night needlessly wastes electricity in addition to creating a nuisance for people who are trying to sleep. Installing a motion detecting light which only switches on when it detects movement gives you the protection offered by illuminating your oil tank without the added cost of increased electricity bills. They can be calibrated to only go off when something as large as a person enters their field of detection, meaning that it won’t get needlessly set off by a wandering cat.
The installation of a CCTV camera directed toward the oil tank is also a solid investment. The presence of CCTV cameras has been known to deter crime. If the robbers do decide to go ahead with stealing your oil, the CCTV camera will make it much easier for the authorities to catch them (especially if you combine your CCTV with suitable lighting).
To organise a oil boiler service call DeWAR Gas & Oil Service on our freephone number 1800 911 300 or Book & Pay Online and Save €.