A new £5,000 grant has been launched to encourage residents across the North East to switch from traditional boilers to more energy efficient and greener air source heat pumps.

OFGEM has introduced the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) which enables home owners and landlords to access the grant towards the installation of the heat pumps.

By 2030 all traditional boilers will be banned so the grant is there as an incentive to residents to make the switch now.

Peterlee-based renewable energy specialist Clear Climate is one of the providers of the national BUS grant is urging people to act now while the money is available.

Liam Hegarty, Renewables Project Engineer, said: “This grant is specifically aimed at properties that are currently using fossil fuel heat sources or electric heating and enables the resident to apply for a £5,000 contribution towards the installation of an air source heat pump heating system.

“These systems are much cleaner and greener and with the ban on all traditional boiling systems looming, now is the time to act.

“The OFGEM grant has been launched to encourage people to make the switch now, however once the pot runs out that’s it, the grant will no longer be available.”

Residents who want to access the grant are advised to contact Clear Climate in the first instance, who will then carry out a telephone consultation to determine eligibility. If the criteria is met, which includes having loft or cavity insulation within the property, a survey will be carried out and then, an offer for the grant can be made.

The cost to the resident or landlord varies depending on the size of the house, however given the need to replace traditional boilers within the next seven years, Clear Climate is advising people to access the grant while it’s available.

Clear Climate is one of the North East’s fastest growing renewable energy firms.

It was founded by directors Andy Smith and Lee Peachey in 2017 and is now a £5m plus turnover business.

The BUS grant is not available to social housing or new build properties.

Clear Climate works with businesses and organisations including Durham County Council, Bellway Homes, Tolent, Darlington Borough Council and Barker and Stonehouse