Baxi Lends Support to Boiler VAT Campaign

13th Apr 2011

Baxi has voiced its support for a campaign that aims to lower the rate of VAT imposed on environmentally friendly boiler installations.

The ‘Cut the VAT’ campaign refers specifically to the installation of high efficiency boilers and passive flue heat recovery systems, which are designed to consume less and conserve more energy respectively.

High efficiency central heating boilers, such as the award-winning Baxi Ecogen, can save households money on their energy bills each year whilst serving to reduce carbon emissions. The Baxi Ecogen, a dual energy system that heats the home as any other new boiler might whilst generating up to 1kW of electricity in the process, has proved massively popular with consumers over recent months.

The benefits of passive flue heat recovery systems have also managed to attract the attention of homeowners in the UK, with energy conservation proving every bit as popular as energy efficiency.

Unfortunately, high efficiency boilers and passive flue heat recovery systems are subject to the same 20-per-cent rate of VAT as standard or conventional boilers and devices; however, energy-saving controls, biomass boilers, insulation, heat pumps and solar photovoltaic panels are subject to zero-per-cent VAT. With products such as the Ecogen providing so many benefits to consumers, Baxi wants this blatant wrong put right.

The firm’s Marketing Director, Sarah Brook, said: “A temporary cut until the Green Deal scheme that comes into effect in October 2012 would help the industry bridge a potentially difficult funding gap.

“The beauty of giving a quick boost to boilers is that the Government will see immediate results: gas consumption and carbon emissions will fall; householders will enjoy smaller bills and many jobs in the heating sector will be preserved – and it could boost UK manufacturing as most domestic boilers sold here are also made here”.

The campaign is also supported by the Heating and Ventilating Contractors’ Association (HVCA), whose Head of Sustainability, David Frise, said: “With rising inflation and increasing global uncertainty about energy prices, this would send a strong signal from the Government that the best investment you can make at the moment is in energy efficiency”.