Following the launch today (5 January) of the Government’s national Boiler Scrappage scheme, Community Energy Plus, Cornwall’s award winning charity that delivers local solutions to fuel poverty and energy efficiency, is encouraging Cornish residents to seize the opportunity to reduce their heating bills.
From today households in England with working “G-rated” boilers will be able to register their interest in applying for one of the 125,000 vouchers of £400 towards the cost of a new, modern “A-rated” boiler or a renewable heating system like a biomass boiler or heat pump.
Although applications for the scheme will not be processed until 18 January, Community Energy Plus is urging householders to take the early initiative to check their eligibility and obtain a quote from installer to ensure that they are well placed to take advantage of the scrappage scheme.
Ian Smith, Managing Director of Community Energy Plus, said: “Replacing an old, inefficient boiler can cut household energy bills by around £200 a year which can make a big difference to homes in Cornwall facing fuel poverty. With just under half of households in Cornwall being off the mains gas network we’re pleased that the government is offering the incentive to upgrade both oil and gas boilers and will also allow homeowners to consider moving to heating systems that use renewable energy.
“We expect that the scrappage scheme will be very popular so it’s important for households interested in taking up the scheme to act quickly to be in a good position to take up the offer. We also recommend registering interest with the Energy Saving Trust as soon as possible and getting quotes from more than one registered installer to ensure that the quote is competitively priced. The Government’s Boiler Scrappage Scheme has already prompted some energy companies to offer their own incentives to trade in old boilers which will help more households than the initial 125,000.”
To check if your boiler is eligible for the scrappage scheme or to register your interest in applying for a £400 boiler scrappage cash back voucher, call the Energy Saving Trust Advice Line on 0800 512012 or visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk
A good quick test for gas boilers is to see if it has a permanent pilot light – if it has, it is very likely to be a G-rated boiler. If it is gas powered and over fifteen years old it is likely to be eligible. If it is oil powered and over twenty-five years old, it is likely to be eligible, as are some elderly solid fuel boilers without thermostats.
Ian Smith continued: “Community Energy Plus is committed to helping households in Cornwall and Scilly access advice and help to stay warm and while the scrappage scheme is an excellent way to save energy and money, fitting cavity wall and loft insulation is an easy way to keep the heat in and the cold out as well as bringing energy bills down. If you are over 70 or receiving certain benefits, or living in eligible areas of Liskeard and Looe, Bude, Hayle and St Ives and Newquay, a quick call to Community Energy Plus 0800 954 1956 can be the first step towards accessing free loft and cavity wall insulation.”