Typically a 15+ year old boiler will have an efficiency of about 70%. When compared with current boilers on the market which have an efficiency of around 90%, the fuel cost difference is normally more than 25%! As well as the advantage of the dependability and safety of a new boiler, plus the fuel cost savings, there are also grants available to help fund the replacement of the boiler along with upgrading your heating controls. Check out SEAI Home Energy for such details, along with HARP Database for other information on boilers; replacement types/ condensing boilers/ combi boilers etc.
There are very good renewable energy solutions available. Check out the following links for further information and for grant details:
Better Energy Homes Scheme
The Warmer Homes Scheme aims to improve the energy efficiency and warmth of homes owned by people on low incomes. Those in receipt of fuel allowance, disability benefit or invalidity benefit are entitled to apply for this scheme. It is operated by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), Ireland's national energy agency, and is available nationwide.
The Warmer Home Scheme provides the following services:
For more information see SEAI Warmer Home Scheme Grants
Take a look at the Green Home Energy Action Plan for hands on tips on how to save money by reducing your energy consumption at home.