Tim Pollard, Head of Sustainability at heating and plumbing merchant Plumb Center, has welcomed today’s announcement about the London Boiler Cashback Scheme. With 49 branches within the M25, Plumb Center is the largest distributor of heating products in London.
Pollard says: “Today’s announcement is good news for London’s homeowners and private landlords. Boilers account for over half of the average household’s annual energy spend and four-fifths of a home’s carbon emissions, so an efficient boiler makes a big difference. This cashback scheme offers homeowners the opportunity to claim back around 20% of the install cost so presents a very appealing proposition.”
“Previous scrappage schemes have proved to stimulate action and we have no doubt this initiative will do likewise. Our branches are already prepared for the spike in demand with the majority of boiler brands and models in stock now for immediate collection, and our branch teams are ready to advise installers on how they can help their domestic customers to take advantage of the scheme.
“This scheme is also a welcome boost for the heating industry. A mild winter and continuing economic uncertainty has led to many homeowners stalling on plans to update their heating systems and with the majority of boilers being manufactured in the UK, this has created an unwelcome situation throughout the supply chain. So although a London-centric scheme, the benefits of the GLA’s investment will be felt far beyond the M25.”