Act fast to benefit from boiler scrappage scheme

Nearly half of the boiler scrappage scheme vouchers have already been grabbed, so it’s time to act if you want to take part.

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According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, 44% of the 125,000 vouchers have already been claimed, meaning almost 55,000 households are set to receive at least a £400 discount off a new boiler.

If you have a working G-rated boiler then you qualify for the scheme and simply have to get a quote from a boiler installer and then apply for the money-off voucher through the Energy Saving Trust.

The scheme has clearly been a hit, with some of the big energy providers throwing their weight behind it and offering to match the government’s voucher, meaning potential savings of £800 for some householders. There’s more on that in our article ‘Will you benefit from the boiler scrappage scheme?

Homes currently using a clapped out G-rated boiler could save as much as £200 a year on their energy bills by upgrading to an A-graded model – the most efficient on the market.

Act fast

Even with thousands more vouchers still available, if you want to make use of this scheme, you need to act soon.

The number that will be issued is limited to 125,000 and, with almost half already snapped up since the scheme opened on January 18, the only way to be sure you’ll benefit is to apply soon.

It’s not just homeowners that can cut their energy bills; if you live in a privately rented home then you are eligible for the scheme and should discuss it with your landlord.

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Perhaps you want a new boiler but know you’d struggle to pay for it, even with the discount.

If you receive certain benefits, you may be able to claim a grant of up to £3,500 (or £6,000 where oil, low carbon or renewable technologies are recommended) under the Warm Front scheme. Visit the official website to see if you’re eligible.

Simple savings

The great thing about the boiler scrappage scheme is that is helps the planet by cutting emissions at the same time as bringing down your bills.

However, there are even more ways to cut what you pay to heat and power your home. For example, if you’re paying your energy provider’s standard tariff, you could save hundreds of pounds by moving to the cheapest deal.

The cheapest gas and electricity supplier for you will depend on how much you use and where you live. Compare energy providers to find the best for you.

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