Salmond Encourages Households to Apply For Boiler Scrappage Scheme

>> 24 May 2010

Gordon MSP Alex Salmond has encouraged local householders to take advantage of a new government-backed scheme, which aims to help people save energy by replacing aging boiler systems in their homes.

Up to 5,000 households across Scotland with energy inefficient boilers will now be able to claim £400 off the cost of a new one. Installing a greener boiler can help slash average household heating costs by a quarter, around £235 a year for a three bed semi-detached house.

The Energy Saving Scotland advice network will now begin issuing £400 vouchers, on a first-come-first-served basis, towards installation of a certified energy saving boiler.

Mr Salmond said:

"Even though we’re enjoying the summer weather, there’s still never been a better time to get rid of an old, inefficient and costly boiler.

“This scrappage scheme will offset the cost of a new energy saving boiler, helping people to live in greener homes which cost less to run. With the colder winter temperatures we have in the North East, the benefits of being able to enjoy an energy efficient heating and water system are clear.

“This scheme will also provide a stimulus for the heating industry, supporting jobs at this crucial time. It’s good for the environment too, since it will help to save around 5,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year - equivalent to taking around 2,000 cars off our roads.”

The scheme will be open to households with the most inefficient, G-rated boilers. If eligible, households will receive a £400 voucher towards the installation of a new boiler. The advice network will issue vouchers, available either by calling 0800 512 012 or though the Energy Saving Trust website at

The scheme will operate on a first come, first served basis. New boilers must be certified under the Energy Saving Trust Recommended scheme and be installed within 12 weeks of requesting the voucher.

Additional discounts are available from a range of suppliers when boilers are installed under the boiler scrappage scheme.

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