Sunday, 10 January 2010

G Rated Boilers

The first vouchers in the Government's £50 million boiler scrappage scheme will be sent out this week, enabling 125,000 households in England to trade in old, inefficient boilers and get £400 towards the cost of a new, eco-friendly replacement.

But not every household is eligible and with energy companies offering their own incentives to buy new boilers, consumers should shop around to get the best deal.

What type of boiler can I trade in?

G-rated boilers are the least efficient type and these are the ones the Government is looking to remove. More than three million homes in England have a G-rated gas, oil or liquefied-petroleum (LPG) boiler. You are likely to have a G-rated boiler if yours is gas-fired, more than 15 years old and it has a permanent pilot light.

Do not try to dismantle your boiler to find out if it is G-rated. If you are unsure, call the Energy Savings Trust (EST) helpline on 0800 512 012.

Only homeowners and landlords who let properties privately are eligible to apply for the scrappage scheme and the boiler must be the main one in the home. If you are aged under 60 the

boiler must be in working order. People who are 60 and over can apply for the scheme regardless of whether the boiler is working.

How does the scrappage scheme work?

Homeowners must first get a quote for the new boiler, including installation. They can then apply to the EST, which is administering the scheme, and a voucher will be posted about ten days later. Vouchers are valid for 12 weeks from the date of issue.

If a voucher is not used, it will be cancelled. Do not install a new boiler and then apply for the voucher. Installations made before receipt of a voucher will not be eligible. Installations must be done by engineers registered with trade bodies Gas Safe or Oftec.

You must pay for the new boiler and installation upfront and then claim back the £400 by sending the voucher and invoice to the EST. The payments will be sent within 25 days.

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