Darling unveils £400 scrappage scheme

In his pre-budget report Alistair Darling announced a “scrappage” of £400 for those who own a working ‘G’ rated boiler.

There are around 4m G-rated gas boilers in the UK, according to Philip Sellwood, the chief executive of the Energy Saving Trust. “If these were all replaced with A-rated boilers it would save almost 4.5m tonnes of CO2 per year, the equivalent of 830,000 household’s emissions, so the scheme announced today has real promise,” he said. Upgrading to an A-rated condensing boiler could save a household £310 a year in bills.

However whether the government will roll it out through their Warmfront Scheme, or leave it to the householder to make their own decision as to whom they wish to install their boiler is another matter.

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