Calls For Relaunch of Boiler Scrappage Scheme in England

21st Nov 2011

The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council is calling on the Government to relaunch the popular boiler scrappage scheme in England.

In 2010, the Government introduced the boiler scrappage scheme to much success. In fact, without the scheme, 61% of households would not have taken the opportunity to replace their old energy inefficient boiler.

Fuel poverty is a growing problem and during these tough economic times, with high levels of unemployment and householders struggling to meet the demands of rising gas central heating and electricity bills, it’s becoming imperative that we try to find ways to save money.

Saving energy means saying money. It’s as simple as that. And one way to do that is to swap that old energy-sapping boiler for an A-rated energy efficient boiler. However many homeowners, already struggling to pay their bills, simply cannot justify the upfront costs needed for a new boiler. Which is why the boiler scrappage scheme is worth its weight in gold.

Calling for the need to reinstate the scheme – which is currently working well in Scotland – the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council, a division of the Society of British Gas Industries (SBGI), has appealed to Chancellor George Osborne to include the measure as part of his Pre Budget Report, due on 29 November.

According to the SBGI, on average householders’ bills are reduced by £290 a year through the installation of an energy efficient boiler. With the first boiler scrappage scheme resulting in the scrappage of 118,618 boilers – which resulted in £34 million of bill savings annually -that’s a saving not to be sniffed at.

“Given the state of our economy, the Boiler Scrappage Scheme is a real no-brainer,” said SBGI chief executive Mike Foster, adding that the scheme raises money for the Treasury, protects British jobs in the industry and helps people to cut both their fuel bills and greenhouse gas emissions.

HHIC is committed to promoting and supporting sustained growth of the domestic heating and hot water industry in the UK.