Calls to Bring Back the Boiler Scrappage Scheme

Boiler scrappage schemes are a fun way to encourage homeowners to trade within their old boiler for any new energy efficient replacement. But whilst Scottish residents have the ability to benefit from such a scheme, energy customers in England are being overlooked.

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Back in November, the Heating and Hot water Industry Council (HHIC) instigated a push inside the industry, with demands the government to relaunch the scheme. But such efforts have to date fallen on deaf ears.

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The Boiler Scrappage Scheme would be a government funded scheme designed to support homeowners who wished to replace their old and inefficient boilers. Introduced greater than two years ago, the scheme saw vouchers provided to householders, offering £400 for the cost of a new boiler.

Spectacularly successful, it was a victim of its own success, to employ a standard cliché, primarily as the government had only reserve a limited budget towards raising understanding of the need for people to replace their old boilers and think more about energy efficiency in their homes. Some 133,976 vouchers were allocated, representing an overall total of 118,249 boiler replacements along with a considerable saving on carbon emissions was developed. Then the money ran out, which brought an end to the scheme.

Domestic heating boilers use a large amount of household energy. There are many estimates of the amount of, but it is pretty accurate to express that over half of the energy we use in our homes is perfect for heating and hot water. This meant that any government seriously devoted to reducing the nation’s carbon emissions would have to deal with this problem, primarily by wanting to encourage householders to change their old boilers. There have been a few conditions attached for eligibility for your scheme. To begin with you had to have the least efficient boiler installed. Secondly, had you been under 60 the boiler had to be working, but if you were over 60 the boiler could be either working or defunct.

The scheme may be sadly missed in England, but has since been reintroduced in Scotland. The reason being, according to the Energy Saving Trust, the Scottish Government has embarked on one of the most stringent carbon emission reduction targets on earth and the boiler scrappage scheme may be revived with the aid of £2 million valuation on Scottish government funding. One of the primary concerns of the Scottish government is the large amount of people living in fuel poverty, with a recent survey revealing 41 percent of householders in Dumfries and Galloway were classed as fuel poor.

Only if the Westminster government would follow their example.