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Boiler scrappage scheme closed but vouchers still to be redeemed

The Energy Savings Trust has sent out all 125,000 vouchers to householders under the English Boiler Scrappage Scheme which launched in January. The scheme has now closed to new applicants.
However, as of as at 16th March, only 35,390 of them had been redeemed because the boilers had been installed. The vouchers are time-sensitive People have up to 12 weeks after receiving their voucher to have the work done and claim the £400 off the cost of installation of a new, modern “A-rated” boiler or a renewable heating system like a biomass boiler or a heat pump. So any one that applied when the scheme launched will have only until the middle of this month to have the work done and redeem the voucher to claim their cash.

The government has also said that vouchers which expire before being redeemed will not be re-issued.

The scheme was announced in the Pre-Budget Report on December 9 and had been campaigned for by the ReHeat Britain campaign and a Downing Street e-petition set up by Hampshire plumbers merchant Mick Williams.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Lord Hunt said: “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.

“It 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.

Fraser Winterbottom, Chief Operating Officer for the Energy Saving Trust, said: “This scheme has really caught the public imagination, causing huge daily demand on the Energy Saving Trust for advice, and incentivising tens of thousands to move from the worst to the best performing boilers saving on CO2 emissions and their energy bills.

“For those who have received their vouchers but haven’t yet gone ahead with installation they have 12 weeks from the day of issue to claim their £400. We hope that the industry will continue to offer incentives for households to upgrade their boilers, as there are still many of the worst performing boilers out there. People can save up to £235 per year by replacing their old boiler with a new energy efficient model, as well as doing their bit for the environment.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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