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16 Feb 2010 12:02:11

Government boiler scrappage scheme under-subscribed in north-east

Government boiler scrappage scheme under-subscribed in north-east
More households should be eligible for the government's under-subscribed boiler scrappage initiative, according to an eco-homes expert.

The government has announced that there are still 70,000 vouchers left for the scheme, which could save UK households up to £28 million off the cost of replacement boilers.

Launched in January, the initiative to upgrade up to 125,000 household heating systems in the UK is a central plank of the government's low carbon transition plan.

Anyone with a 'G' rated boiler is eligible for a substantial discount on an energy-efficient 'A'-rated boiler or a renewable energy powered heating system.

Take-up has been fastest in the south-east, with 9,387 households applying for the discount. However, only a third of that number (3,412) has applied for the scheme in the north-east. In total, across the UK, there have been 54,758 discount vouchers issued.

Gordon Miller, founder of the eco-homes site whatgreenhome.com, said yesterday that the scope of the initiative needed to be bigger: "There are only 125,000 households covered by the scheme when there are 26 million dwellings in the UK – it is a pretty small percentage of people who are eligible to claim it.

"Why isn't the government rolling this out to include boilers that aren't just G-rated? If they were to include boilers from B, C, D, E, and F then you would cover a lot more – obviously it would cost a lot more, but you would be seriously saving a lot of CO2 then."



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Stan Brown wrote:

02 Mar 2010

I am surprised this is the case with many reports from people down south of a huge backlog in getting their gasboiler srappage voucher. Also the North West are making good use of the scheme with over 8,000 taking up the offering. Although the scheme is a good saving in terms of energy and cost however there is still a cost invlolved with getting a .

12 Mar 2010

I believe the /b] should be rolled out to people with other grades of boiler because it doesn't seem fair that only those with a g-grade can take advantage of it. Afterall an F grade boiler is still really inefficient.

12 Mar 2010

I believe the should be rolled out to people with other grades of boiler because it doesn't seem fair that only those with a g-grade can take advantage of it. Afterall an F grade boiler is still really inefficient.

Duncan wrote:

26 Mar 2010

To start with to qualify your boiler MUST have been installed BEFORE 1998... if this is you, read on.

You must live in England and be either a homeowner or a private tenant. Landlords of multiple properties can apply, as long as each voucher is assigned to a different property. The scheme is not open to Registered Social Landlords and housing associations as they are covered by alternative schemes such as the government's Decent Homes programme.

If you are under 60 the boiler needs to be in working order and be the main source of heat for the home. If you are over 60 you can apply for the scheme regardless of whether the boiler works or not. However, it still needs to be the main boiler used to heat the home.

You must have the least efficient type of boiler, a G-rated one. A quick test for gas boilers is to see if it has a permanent pilot light – if so it is likely to be G-rated. If it is gas fired and more than 15 years old it is also likely to be eligible. Likewise, if it is oil fired and more than 25 years old.

You can also check if your boiler would qualify by searching the government's boiler efficiency database. ( )

Alternatively, you can ask your nominated installer whether your boiler is eligible, or call the Energy Saving Trust on 0800 512 012. An adviser will ask a series of questions to determine your eligibility.

'British Gas' and 'npower' have both said they will match the £400 rebate with an additional £400. Terms and conditions apply. Other energy companies may follow suit.

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