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Natural Gas Central to Moving Matrix for Linda Giles

Natural Gas Central to Moving Matrix for Linda Giles

Originally from west Cork, Linda Giles has been living in Northern Ireland since 1988. Having worked in communications all her life, starting out as a reporter on weekly newspapers, then editor of a range of specialist magazines, a stint at UTV and finally a senior manager in the public health sector, Linda made the decision last year to start transitioning into an early retirement which coincided with an exciting house move.

A keen golfer and a member of Banbridge Golf Club, Linda moved just down the road from Dromore, Co Down, to be closer to the golf course, taking the opportunity to downsize to a bungalow in Thorn Heights. Despite selecting the property for its great overall condition, one immediate change she resolved to make was switching the central heating system from oil to natural gas.

Linda said: “I wanted the benefits of natural gas from the start, so before I had even moved in I had approached firmus energy to make sure I could get connected and had an installer booked. Then as soon as the house was officially in my name, I organised the switch. It was all very easy.”

Switching to gas also freed up plenty of extra space inside and outside Linda’s new home. As part of the switch, the immersion, water tank, bulky oil boiler and the oil tank all were removed. This extra space came in especially handy as Linda was transitioning from a big two-storey house to a smaller bungalow.

“I love gas – it’s clean, convenient, consistent, and reliable! Plus, unlike oil, I never run out and don’t have to deal with the hassle of refilling my tank all at once. Instead, I can pay for the gas I use each month, making it easier to track and budget. As I am over 60 I’m also entitled to join a special membership scheme provided by firmus energy called ‘firmus care’. This entitles customers to a range of special privileges aimed at making life easier.  The one I like most is the free boiler safety check every year,” she said.

All this convenience and ease means two things for Linda. She has more time to spend on the golf course, where she not only plays but has recently taken on the communications of the club. A close second is walking the other two loves of her life, apart from her son Ross of course, her rescue dogs Bella and Max.

She said: “I love coming home from a round of golf or a long walk with my dogs and into a nice warm home. If I want to run a shower or bath, I can use as much water as I need without waiting for it to heat up or worrying about it running out. That’s the great thing about natural gas - you can have as much instant heat and hot water as you need!”

So while advocating for women to ‘Get into Golf’, she is also a firm believer that everyone needs to ‘Get into Gas!’

To date, over 95,000 customers have connected to natural gas with firmus energy and are enjoying the benefits that natural gas brings - from constant hot water, to more space in the garden, more efficient boilers to simply being a better choice for the environment. Homes and businesses interested in making the switch to firmus energy natural gas can find out more by calling 0330 024 9000 or visiting


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