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05 Jan 2010 09:01:11

Govt launches boiler scrappage scheme



Govt launches boiler scrappage scheme
A national boiler scrappage scheme with aims to make the heating industry more suitable has been launched by the government today.

Britons who currently use G-rated boilers can now apply for a voucher through the Energy Saving Trust in order to receive up to £400 for an A-rated boiler.

The initiative is aimed at helping households reduce their carbon output and save money on fuel bills, while creating jobs and supporting manufacturers.

Prime minister Gordon Brown said: "Today's announcement will slash household energy bills and carbon emissions while providing an important boost for the British heating industry.

"The government's new scrappage scheme will help to secure 250,000 jobs across the tens of thousands of small and medium businesses involved in boiler manufacture, sales and installation that form a vital component of Britain's low carbon economy."

It is estimated that replacing the 125,000-odd G-rated boilers in England with more energy efficient models will produce an equivalent effect to taking 45,000 cars off the road.

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