Calls to reopen the Government boiler scrappage scheme

The Government boiler scrappage scheme was introduced as an incentive for homeowners to replace their old, inefficient boilers with new, energy saving models.

Scottish residents are still able to take advantage of the Government boiler scrappage scheme whilst vouchers remain, but due to popularity, England and Wales now miss out.

It was in November that the Heating and Hot Water Council (HHIC) called for the Government boiler scrappage scheme to be reopened, but so far it’s all fallen on deaf ears.

The Government boiler scrappage scheme offers £400 vouchers off the cost of a replacement boiler, in order to cut homeowner’s energy bills and reduce carbon emissions. It was an extremely successful scheme and perhaps was too popular to last the distance.

With the Government providing a limited budget to the scheme, some 118,249 boilers were replaced, making a considerable monetary and carbon saving. Then, to the disappointment of many, the vouchers ran out and the scheme was forced to close.

The Government boiler scrappage scheme:

  • Homeowners are entitled to a £400 voucher which comes off the cost of a new boiler
  • The scheme is monitored by the Energy Saving Trust and applications are made directly to them
  • The scheme is only open in Scotland
  • Property owners are urged to seek quotes for the new boiler before applying for the scheme

Boilers use a lot of energy and inefficient systems waste a lot of this by not heating sufficiently. In fact, as much as half of our home’s energy is used for heating and hot water.

This was one of the reasons for the Government’s decision to exercise the Government boiler scrappage scheme. Dealing with the problem would help slash bills and cut carbon emissions.

It’s a scheme that’s been missed in England and Wales. With Scotland’s ambitious carbon targets it makes sense to keep the scheme open, and the Energy Saving Trust believe they have one of the most stringent emission targets in the world.

The Scottish Government have added even more to their scheme – a further £2 million worth of funding. The Government’s concern is the number of people in fuel poverty, which the scheme aims to tackle.


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