Boiler Scrappage Scheme Closes To New Applications

(Guardian) – THE GOVERNMENT’S boiler scrappage scheme, which offered £400 to householders to encourage them to upgrade to a more energy-efficient central heating scheme, has closed to new applications after running out of money.

The scheme, launched in January, was aimed at cutting carbon emissions as well as helping people save money on their energy bills.

Up to 125,000 households in England with working boilers with the lowest “G” rating were able to apply for vouchers from the Energy Saving Trust, which they could put towards buying an A-rated boiler or installing a renewable heating system such as a biomass boiler or heat pump.

This afternoon the government announced that all 125,000 vouchers had been taken up and that the scheme is now closed.

“The scheme’s been a great success and is already helping people cut down on their fuel bills. An ‘A-rated’ energy-efficient boiler can help save around £200 a year off fuel bills and reduce emissions,” said Lord Hunt, energy and climate change minister.

“The scheme has also provided a much needed boost to England’s plumbers and boiler manufacturers, helping to sustain work for the 130,000 installers and up to 25 UK-based boiler manufacturers throughout the economic recovery.”

Some energy suppliers will continue to run their own promotional schemes.

Over the past two months, all the major energy companies which sell and install boilers (British Gas, E.On, npower and Scottish & Southern) have matched the government’s offer, giving householders potentially a total of £800 off the cost of a new efficient boiler and some boiler manufacturers are also offering deals.

NPower confirmed today that it would continue with its own scheme – it differs from the government’s in that customers only have to have a boiler that is over 10 years old to be eligible to receive a £400 discount.

Recently published figures from the Energy Savings Trust show that, as at 16 March, 118,785 vouchers had been allocated and 35,390 boilers had been installed. Since then the full allocation of vouchers has been taken up.

People have up to 12 weeks after receiving their voucher to have the work done. A spokeswoman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change said there were no plans to reopen the scheme at the moment or to reissue any unused vouchers.

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