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North Belfast Senior Citizens Get Energised at Information Forum

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North Belfast residents had the opportunity to get ‘switched on’ to energy as representatives from Phoenix Natural Gas recently attended a senior citizen’s information forum to educate local residents on energy consumption and the benefits of natural gas.

The North Belfast Senior Citizen’s Forum information event took place on Wednesday 1st March at Woodvale Community Centre. The event provided an opportunity for locals to meet with organisations representing older people and speak to relevant companies offering products or services for senior citizens, including Phoenix Natural Gas.

The event was attended was attended by local residents, members of the Senior Citizen’s Forum and Lord Mayor of Belfast, Brian Kingston.

Jane Kilpatrick, Phoenix Natural Gas Energy Advisor, said, “Phoenix Natural Gas is delighted to be part of the North Belfast Senior Citizen’s Forum and meet with local residents to explain more about the benefits of natural gas and the importance of keeping a warm home.

“As we explained to the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Brian Kingston, when he visited the Phoenix Natural Gas stand, senior citizens are among the most vulnerable in our community. It is imperative that they have a well heated home to protect against adverse health implications associated with living in cold conditions.

“We know how important it is for senior citizens to have affordable warmth and we are keen to make people aware of the various schemes available to assist homeowners in keeping a warm home, such as the government-funded Boiler Replacement Allowance. Under the scheme, home owners are eligible for a grant of up to £1,000 towards the cost of replacing inefficient boilers that are over 15 years old with an energy efficient condensing boiler.

“As a company, we proactively seek to engage the community which we serve and provide information to help residents, whatever their situation. Phoenix Natural Gas would like to thank the organisers of this event and we look forward to welcoming more visitors to the next forum.”

For more information on the benefits of natural gas visit or for more information on the boiler replacement allowance, or to check your eligibility, visit

Pictured at the event is Jane Kilpatrick, Phoenix Natural Gas Energy Advisor with local residents Iris McKee and Norma Clucas.

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Installing natural gas central heating does eliminate the need for a separate hot water tank, so it is possible to free up some space where the hot press currently exists. However, it is not a requirement of installing natural gas central heating that your hot water tank is removed, so it is entirely your choice.

Homeowners installing a new central heating appliance will be required to make an application to the Builiding Control department of their local council prior to work commencing.

Once you have requested your connection to the natural gas network, it can take up to 15 working days to get a planned connection date. Your natural gas connection is installed over approximately 5 working days, which includes re-instatement on private and public property.  The final stage is the internal installation completed by your installer which (depending on the work involved) can take on average 3 working days.

Currently Phoenix Natural Gas offers a free connection to the natural gas network, worth up to £750.  Work to install your natural gas appliance, e.g. central heating or gas fire is carried out by an independent Gas Safe registered installer.  Details of these installers can be found here.

There would be more energy saving benefits to change everything at once, but we realise that family budgets may prevent this. It is possible to change over in stages, as financial considerations allow.

As with any major home improvement there will be an element of disruption, although both Phoenix Natural Gas and Gas Safe registered installation companies (registered with Phoenix Natural Gas) will aim to keep this to an absolute minimum.

The network operator provides and maintains the natural gas network.  The supplier buys gas which they then sell to consumers via the network operator’s network.  Your supplier is your first point of contact for billing queries and payment card requests.

Phoenix Natural Gas is the gas transporter and network operator.  We do not supply natural gas.  Details of gas suppliers in the greater Belfast area can be found here.

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Please call your gas supplier or 03454 55 55 55 for help and advice.

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Phoenix Natural Gas is the network operator and not the gas supplier.  Therefore, you will need to speak to your gas supplier.  Details of suppliers can be found here.

On occasion Phoenix Natural Gas will need to carry essential maintenance on the gas meter.  We will endeavour to notify you of this to enable access to your gas appliances after the work is carried out. However, we know that this is not always convenient for consumers. 

If we have been at your property and left a no access card this will give the appropriate number to call to get your gas switched back on.  If you have any questions regarding this please contact our customer services team on 03454 55 55 55.

Natural gas is the fuel of choice for many consumers across Europe with 20 million customers in Great Britain alone. Phoenix Natural Gas continually monitors the system for safety and operates a 24-hour emergency response service, 365 days a year. All gas appliances should be correctly installed by a Gas Safe registered installation company and should be checked annually.

Natural gas is a very convenient, clean and versatile fuel. But like all fuels it must be handled wisely to ensure its safety and efficiency. If you think you smell gas, you should contact the 24-hour gas emergency service on 0800 002 001 or click here for further advice.


No. All installers who are eligible to carry out natural gas work have been registered with Gas Safe Register, which is the national watchdog for gas safety in the UK. Many of these installers will also be registered with Phoenix Natural Gas, which ensures that you can take advantage of our many offers and incentives for new customers switching to natural gas.

A number of installation companies offer a finance facility which allows you to install a new high efficiency natural gas system and spread the cost of installation over a fixed number of months.

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For a full list of Phoenix registered installers please click here.