What is the Boiler Scrappage Scheme?
The boiler scrappage scheme follows on from the UK government’s recent initiative on car scrappage. It’s a scheme to encourage people with older, low efficiency boilers to invest in newer, more efficient models. The incentive is a £400 cheque towards the cost. To be able to qualify for the scheme, which started in January 2010, you need to have a boiler that is G rated on the efficiency scale. Boilers that are around 15 years old or a bit younger but that still have a fixed pilot light that is on all the time are likely to be eligible.
Why Have a Boiler Scrappage Scheme?The motivation behind boiler scrappage is to do with the government’s need to meet targets on the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. Domestic heating via gas boilers produces around 14 per cent of all the carbon dioxide emissions produced over the whole of the UK, which is a huge amount. Cutting this by just a few percent would make a very significant difference and allow progress towards the targets for the UK.
Who is the Scrappage Scheme Aimed at?As the government is intending to provide money towards the cost of replacing some household boilers, the plan is to target the households that have the lowest efficiency boilers at the moment. These are the G rated boilers were mentioned earlier. While the rough guide outlined at the start of this article is a starting point, you can now check your actual boiler efficiency using lists on various websites to check that it is, in fact, G rated, before you make an application for the scrappage payment. The Government Boiler Efficiency Database is probably the best one to search. If you can’t find out that way, you can ask a gas installer to check your boiler and give you a statement of its efficiency rating.
Around 125 000 households are thought to be eligible and, after you have submitted an online application, which needs to include the name and address of the installer you have commissioned to do the work, you may get a cash back voucher. This can be redeemed when you have the installation done. There are going to be spot checks to test the efficiency boilers in randomly chosen applications to try to reduce fraud.