Boiler scrappage scheme 'could help 125,000 homes'

Boiler scrappage scheme An energy saving initiative which aims to encourage householders to fit more efficient heating systems has been launched today (January 5th 2010).

Under the programme, up to 125,000 homes across England with working G-rated boilers will be able to apply for a £400 voucher from the Energy Saving Trust towards the cost of purchasing a new A-rated device.

The boiler scrappage scheme - which was first announced in the Pre-Budget Report - could also give consumers money off energy-saving equipment such as biomass boilers or heat pumps.

According to the government, the programme could reduce household fuel bills by between £200 and £235 per year, while slashing carbon emissions by up to 140,000 tonnes.

Climate change secretary Ed Miliband said: "The scheme will add to the existing package of government measures to help householders be smarter about the energy they use."

This development comes after the Energy Saving Trust claimed that 74 per cent of Scottish residents are keen to fit efficient equipment such as solar panels to their homes, but are put off by the up-front cost.ADNFCR-2539-ID-19539497-ADNFCR
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