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Boiler scrappage scheme closed

April 6th, 2010 · No Comments

All 125,000 vouchers have been taken, just three months after the scheme launched

The popular boiler scrappage scheme has come to an abrupt end after less than three months.

The Government scheme gave households £400 to replace old boilers with a new, energy-efficient model. However all125,000 vouchers have now been snapped up and the scheme was closed at 2pm this afternoon.

The move has disappointed heating engineers and environment groups, who were hoping that an extension of the scheme would be announced in Wednesday’s Budget. There are still about four million households with inefficient G-Rated boilers in the UK.

Lord Hunt, Energy and Climate Change Minister, 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.”

Householders who have received their vouchers but haven’t yet gone ahead with installation have 12 weeks from the day of issue to claim their £400.

Peter Thom of Green Heat, a heating engineer, says: “We’re very disappointed that the scheme has not been extended. If the Conservatives are voted in we hope they’ll reintroduce the policy.”

British Gas, E.On, nPower and Scottish and Southern have all matched the Government scheme by offering an additional £400 discount. But some householders hoping to claim £800 off the cost of a new boiler have complained that energy suppliers appear to be inflating quotes under the scheme to recoup any ‘discount’.

nPower has already announced that customers with a boiler that is over 10 years old will still be eligible to receive a £400 discount.

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