Boiler scrappage scheme unfreezes UK

Wednesday, January 6, 2010. Catherine Deshayes @themovechannel

Homeowners who take advantage of the scheme could cut their energy bills by up to a quarter per year...

Homeowners who take advantage of the scheme could cut their energy bills by up to a quarter per year...

Today sees the launch of the Boiler Scrappage Scheme, underlining the Government's aims to upgrade household heating systems, cut carbon, save money on fuel bills and sustain work for the heating industry.

Up to 125,000 households across England with working ‘G-rated', or worse rated boilers can now apply for a voucher from the Energy Saving Trust, which will entitle them to £400 off the price of a new ‘A-rated' boiler, or renewable heating system. 

Aspect Maintenance, (http://www.allaspectsltd.co.uk/), a boiler installation and property maintenance and refurbishment specialist, which works in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust, is fully in support of the Boiler Scrappage Scheme. William Davies, Managing Director, comments:

"The scheme, which forms part of the UK's ambitious CO2 emission reduction programme, will encourage householders to save money in the long-term. New boilers have rated efficiencies of 90 percent, or more, which means they use less fuel and result in lower CO2 emissions. Homeowners who upgrade from a ‘G-rated' to ‘A-rated' boiler could typically reduce the cost of their heating bills by around a quarter per year.

"By launching the scheme, I also believe the Government is showing its support for the property maintenance sector, as well as for manufacturing. It will undoubtedly result in an influx of homeowners looking to cash in and upgrade their boilers, which will inevitably create more work, and help to safeguard jobs."

In a previous statement issued by Aspect Maintenance, Davies underlined reservations relating to possible delays between the announcement of the Boiler Scrappage Scheme and its implementation. He adds: "Initially I was concerned that the announcement could result in a possible lull, where homeowners may delay their plans until a launch to coincide with the Budget in April 2010. However, I am pleased to see that the scheme's implementation has been brought forward to January. If a boiler needs to be replaced, then it is better to have a new one installed during the harsh winter months, when it has to work its hardest.

"We are also keen to highlight that homeowners should not be waiting for their boilers to die before looking to take advantage of the scheme. Unless they are over 60, their existing boiler must be fully functional to be entitled to the £400 incentive. And if a boiler is more than 15 years old, then it is likely to need replacing soon."

Fraser Winterbottom, Chief Operating Officer, Energy Saving Trust said: "We know that people will act on larger energy efficiency measures like replacing boilers when they are both good for the environment and cost effective for them. They also need to be able to trust the claims that are made around energy efficiency measures. The Energy Saving Trust is impartial, can provide this assurance, and can provide information to help people assess whether their boilers are eligible. If you have access to the internet you can go on line to check whether your boiler is G rated or if you prefer, our expert nationwide advice centre staff are also available to advise you over the phone. We are here to help." 


Author - Dan Johnson

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