Plans for the Government’s long awaited Boiler Scrappage Scheme have been announced. The scheme launched on January 5th focuses on the replacement of the country’s most inefficient boiler models.
The upgrade of these older boilers to newer more energy efficient ‘A’ rated boilers can reduce a household’s energy bill by up to £230 a year and carbon dioxide emissions by up to a tonne.
The scheme which is operated by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) offers an allowance of £400 to those householders who own a working ‘G’ rated boiler of 70% efficiency or less, the scheme also includes un-rated boilers of efficiency less than 70% but eligibility should be confirmed with the EST.
How Do I Apply?
1) First check your boiler’s efficiency rating and whether it’s G rated with a 70% efficiency or less. You can do this at Home Heating Guide on their boiler scrappage rating page.
2) Apply for quotes for a new boiler, you can do this here or by calling British Gas on 0800 327 7119.
3) Call the Energy Savings Trust on 0800 512 012 with the following information:…
i) Your full name.
ii) The address of the property you wish to claim the voucher for.
iii) The make and name of the boiler being scrapped.
iv) The company name , address and contact details of the installer carrying out the work.
v) The type of replacement boiler to be installed e.g. gas, biomass.
vi)Confirmation that you have received a quote or visit from the installer to carry out the work.
Darling has put aside £50 million for the scheme which is expected to cover 125,000 households and will soon be allocated. A full guide to eligibility and the steps required to apply can be found here: applying for the boiler scrappage voucher.
David Holmes founder of Boiler Guide commented “The scheme is capped so eligible householders would be well advised to source quotes for a boiler replacement as soon as possible, this will ensure they are well positioned to request a voucher which will be issued on a first-come first-served basis”
The scrappage scheme has been warmly welcomed by environmental campaigners and industry bodies. The scheme will generate much needed work for heating engineers whilst helping reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 125,000 tonnes per year.