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Boiler Scrappage

Boiler Scrappage Scheme - NOW CLOSED

The Boiler Scrappage Scheme has been very successful and we have now allocated all vouchers available under the scheme. No further funding will be made available to the scheme and therefore it has now been closed to new applications.

Why no more boiler scrappage scheme?

The scheme was always intended to be a limited sum of money to kick start the industry and raise awareness of energy efficiency. The scheme has been popular and all the money available under the scheme has now been allocated. We understand some companies will continue to offer reductions on new boiler installation after the closure of the scheme. For the press release regarding the scheme issued by the Department of Energy and Climate Change please click here.

FAQs

Q. I applied for a voucher a long time ago but haven’t heard anything from you, will I still get a voucher?
A. All applications are logged. Anyone whose application we have received prior to 2pm on Friday 26th March 2010 and who fulfils all of the criteria of the scheme will receive a voucher. If you applied for a voucher before 15th March and have not yet received your voucher please contact us.

Q. I applied for a voucher just before the scheme ended, will I still receive a voucher?

A. All applications are logged. Anyone whose application we have received prior to 2pm on Friday 26th March 2010 and who fulfils all of the criteria of the scheme will receive a voucher. If you applied for a voucher before 15th March and have not yet received your voucher please contact us.

Q. What happens to the voucher I have already received when the scheme closes? Will it still be honoured?

A. As long as you meet the terms and conditions of the Boiler Scrappage Scheme, your voucher ensures that funding is allocated to you for your boiler replacement. The rebate for your boiler must be claimed within 12 weeks of the voucher being allocated. We are very sorry, but if the voucher expires, there is no more money to support a new application to the scheme.

 

What is the purpose of the Boiler Scrappage Scheme?

The UK has one of the most ambitious CO2 emission reduction targets in the world. The installation of an efficient heating system is an effective way of reducing household energy bills and CO2 emissions, as domestic heating accounts for 14 per cent of the UK's CO2 emissions.

There are currently around three and a half million homes in England with the very least efficient type of boiler (G-rated or worse).

To address this the Government is offering up to 125,000 households £400 towards the cost of upgrading their boiler (if G-rated or equivalent or worse) to a high efficiency A-rated one or a renewable heating technology. This will help to save in the region of 140,000t CO2 per year - equivalent to taking 45,000 cars off the road.

What are the benefits in upgrading your boiler?

New boilers have rated efficiencies of 90 per cent or more meaning that they use less fuel, resulting in lower CO2 emissions and running costs. Renewable heat technologies do not use fossil fuels, reducing CO2 emissions still further. For example, this means by upgrading your G-rated boiler to an A-rated one, your household heating bill should drop by about a quarter - a saving, on average, of around £235 a year.

Which boilers and boiler manufacturers can the vouchers be redeemed against?

Vouchers can be redeemed against a boiler from manufacturer which is for A-rated or equivalent gas, oil or LPG boilers, boilers with a Passive Flue Heat Recovery Device, Micro CHP units or biomass boilers and heat pumps. Solar Thermal is also eligible if combined with an eligible boiler replacement. Electric boilers and warm air heaters are not eligible for the scheme.

Who can carry out the installation of your new boiler?

Installation of a gas boiler must be carried out by an installer registered with Gas Safe. Installation of oil or biomass boilers or heat pumps must be carried our by an installer registered with a competent person's scheme (such as OFTEC or HETAS). Installation of a microgeneration technology can be carried out by a person qualified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.

How can you find the best deals on boilers and installation?

We recommend that you shop around by enquiring with a range of installers, manufacturers or energy companies for the most competitive deal. Some companies will be offering complementary deals to encourage you to scrap and replace your boiler with them. Once you have chosen an installer, you will need a quote from them in order to register for a voucher.

How will payment of the £400 be made?

Once you have received your voucher, you can then proceed with the installation. You will need to pay for the new boiler and installation before you can then claim back the £400 by sending the voucher and invoice to us. If you proceed with your installation before you receive your voucher, this will invalidate your claim and you will no longer be eligible for the £400 rebate.

Your claim will be processed by our Grant Administration team within the 25 working days of receipt.

If there are queries relating to your claim, or missing documentation, a member of our team may contact you or your installation company for further information and the processing of your grant may take slightly longer.

What other schemes are available to help you with the cost of installing new heating systems or energy efficiency measures?

1. Warm Front

The Warm Front Scheme in England, which provides owner occupier or privately rented households with a package of insulation and/or heating measures up to a maximum value of £3,500 (or £6,000 where oil, low carbon or renewable technologies are recommended).

Measures include:

- Loft insulation
- Draught proofing
- Cavity wall insulation
- Hot water tank insulation
- Repairs of an existing heating system
- Gas, electric, oil central heating
- Conversion of a solid fuel fire to a glass-fronted fire

All successful grant applicant's homes will be visited by a trained Technical Surveyor/Assessor, who will determine the full requirements of each individual property.

If you meet the following criteria then you may be eligible for the Warm Front Scheme:

Householders aged 60 or over in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

- Income Support
- Council Tax Benefit
- Housing Benefit
- Job Seekers Allowance (income-based)
- Pension Credit
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

Householders with a child under 16, or pregnant women with maternity certificate MAT-B1, in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

- Income Support
- Council Tax Benefit
- Housing Benefit
- Job Seekers Allowance (income-based)
- Pension Credit
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

Householders in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

- Working Tax Credit (with an income of less than £16,040, which must include a disability element)
- Disability Living Allowance
- Child Tax Credit (with an income of less than £16,040)
- Housing Benefit (which must include a disability premium)
- Income Support (which must include a disability premium)
- Council Tax Benefit (which must include a disability premium)
- War Disablement Pension (which must include a mobility supplement or Constant Attendance Allowance)
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (which must include Constant Attendance Allowance)
- Attendance Allowance

If you think that you are eligible for Warm Front you should visit their website - www.warmfront.co.uk - or call their enquiry line on 0800 316 2805 to see what help can be provided before you proceed with an application under the Boiler Scrappage Scheme.

Please note that you can only apply for either the Warm Front scheme or the Boiler Scrappage Scheme - not both.

2. Low Carbon Buildings Programme

If you are looking to replace your old boiler with a heat pump, biomass boiler, or solar hot water system then you may be eligible for a grant of up to £2500 towards installation. Visit the Low Carbon Buildings Programme website - www.lowcarbonbuildings.org.uk - for further details.

Please note that you can apply for both the Low Carbon Buildings Programme and the Boiler Scrappage Scheme.

How will the Energy Saving Trust guard against fraud?

The Energy Saving Trust will monitor the scheme and any detected fraud will be reported and prosecuted. The processes and procedures for monitoring the scheme are as follows:

- A voucher submitted for a claim must contain the customer's and the installer's signature. It must also include the GasSafe/MCS registration number of the installer.

- As a requirement of law any work undertaken on a gas boiler has to be registered with GasSafe as matter of course. Therefore, Energy Saving Trust will check periodically voucher claims against work registered with GasSafe. If the work has not be registered with GasSafe in due course this will be further investigated by the Energy Saving Trust and where necessary followed by a home visit to ensure the work has indeed been completed) In addition, a random selection of installations will be checked by the Energy Saving Trust through home visits to ensure a new boiler has been installed.

- The Energy Saving Trust will do a daily check if more than one voucher has been applied for a property. This will be done by monitoring postcode data. If multiple applications are detected the Energy Saving Trust will investigate further.

- In addition to the post installation audits, the Energy Saving Trust will carry out a small sample of pre-installation audits to confirm that the details on a customer's application are correct. These will be carried out before a voucher is issued.

The Energy Saving Trust reserves the right to conduct other checks and monitoring procedures, as necessary

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