16 Feb 2010 12:02:11
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."http://tinyurl.com/yb47v9r