The other big news today was the launch of the boiler scrappage scheme by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The full details of the scheme can be found here, but here is the 30 second version…
The scheme is offering 125,000 homes a £400 voucher on a first come, first served basis if they scrap their G rated boiler and replace it with an A rated condensing boiler. Condensing boilers are more efficient than conventional boilers because they extract additional heat out of the exhaust flue that would otherwise escape into the air. They shouldn’t be confused with combination (combi) boilers which are boilers which don’t have a hot water tank, heating the water directly instead.
The building regulations require (with a few exceptions) at least a B rated boiler to be fitted so this is pushing the bar a little higher, which is a good thing.
The way it works is that once you’ve identified your G rated boiler and have received a quote that you’re happy with, you contact the Energy Saving Trust. From January 18th, cashback vouchers will be sent out and you should receive the voucher about 10 days after application. You then have 12 weeks to have the boiler installed and the voucher signed off by the plumber.
A word of caution… You might well be quoted wildly different figures, some of them way too high (naming no names of course), so make sure you get a good selection of quotes. If you can find a good local plumber recommended by word of mouth, that might be the best way. Just be aware! There’s also a wide range of boilers. Some are cheap but poorly constructed and with expensive parts.
You can find out if your boiler is G rated here. If you’re having difficulty, post a comment and I’ll see if I can find it (it’s not always completely obvious).
Now while this is a good offer (it’s equivalent to a discount of about 15% to 25%), it’s really best to consider reducing your energy demand before you replace your heating system. This will mean that the boiler can be correctly sized to the heat demand of the home. Having said that, this is a one-off offer and is highly unlikely to be repeated.