The boiler scrappage scheme is designed to encourage people to replace their old boilers with a new, more energy efficient A rated boiler, by offering them a £400 cash incentive towards the cost. But who can claim and why should you claim under this scheme?
The boiler scrappage scheme is aimed at replacing old, G-rated boilers with new, energy efficient A-rated boilers.
However, whilst there are some 3.5 million homes in England with the least efficient, G-rated boiler or worse, only up to some 125,000 households can benefit from the scrappage scheme. The scheme is available on a first come first served basis for eligible claimants – rather different from the car scrappage scheme.
But why should you get a new boiler?
New boilers are much more energy efficient than the older, G-rated boilers targeted by the scheme. New boilers have rated efficiencies of 90%, meaning they use less fuel which results in lower running costs and lower CO2 emissions.
Upgrading your old G-rated boiler to a new A-rated boiler should result in you saving 25% on your energy costs – an average saving of £235 per year.
(Couple a new boiler with a switch in energy supplier and making sure you have the best energy plan and you could save even more on your energy bills).
A more efficient heating system can also significantly reduce CO2 emissions. Domestic heating currently accounts for 14% of the UK’s CO2 emissions but the UK has a very ambitious target to reduce its CO2 emissions.
Replacing the 125,000 old boilers with much higher efficiency A-grade ones or a renewable heating technology will save around 140,000t CO2 per year – the same as if 45,000 cars had been taken off the roads.
Who can claim under the boiler scrappage scheme?
Firstly and importanly, the scheme is available on a first come, first served basis to householders and landlords who privately own and rent dwellings. Social landlords, housing associations and boiler installers are not eligible to claim under the scheme.
If you are under 60, your boiler must also be working. If you are over 60 and are a homeowner or private landlord, you can apply even if your boiler isn’t working, although you must be replacing the main boiler used to heat the home to qualify.
The scheme only applies to homes in England. Running such schemes in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is the respnsibility of their respective governments and assemblies.
It’s worth noting that some of the ‘Big 6’ energy suppliers, including nPower and British Gas have said they will match the boiler scrappage scheme £400, meaning households can get £800 off the cost of a new boiler.
In summary, to take advantage of the scheme you need to
- Ensure you qualify based on the above criteria
- Arrange for a quote for a new boiler from a qualified boiler installer
- Contact the Energy Saving Trust and give them your details so that they can send you your voucher before the works starts
- Pay the boiler installer in full and send the receipt and voucher to the Energy saving Trust. They will then send you £400 cash
Don’t forget though to consider your energy supplier as well as the boiler – a switch of energy supplier or a change in your energy plan could also save you even more money.