Energy Suppliers Continue with Boiler Discounts for Homeowners

March 30, 2010

Energy Suppliers are continuing with their own boiler discounts for homeowners as the Government’s Boiler Scrappage Scheme for England has now closed as the £50m of funding set aside for the program has now been fully utilised.

From April 1st 2010 British Gas are offering a £200 discount off a new boiler plus one year’s free HomeCare 200 boiler insurance worth £204. Purchases made prior to 30th May 2010 will also be offered interest free credit for a year.

Recently published figures from the Energy Savings Trust (EST) showed that as of 16th March 2010, 118,785 Government vouchers had been allocated with 35,390 A-rated boilers being installed. Since then the full allocation of vouchers has been taken up by homeowners.

However, whilst the Government’s discount is no longer available, energy firms are still offering their own incentives on new boilers.

Boiler Scrappage Schemes for Wales and Scotland are also about to get going, with the Welsh scheme to start on the April 6th 2010 by offering a £500 discount,whilst the Scottish Government has pledged £2m towards Boiler Scrappage Schemes through its Energy Assistance Package scheme.

125,000 households have taken advantage of the scheme, which offered homeowners a £400 discount off the cost of a new A-rated boiler when they traded in the old G-rated one.

Energy minister Lord Hunt 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. 

“The scheme 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.”

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