Bookmark and Share

New 'Green' Boiler Incentives

A new national scheme to upgrade household heating systems could help save money on fuel bills and sustain work for the heating industry, the Government has said.

Up to 125,000 households in England with working 'G-rated' boilers can from today apply through the Energy Saving Trust for a voucher providing £400 off the price of a new 'A-rated' system.

The Government's Boiler Scrappage Scheme has already triggered some companies to complement, and in some cases match, the offer and it is expected others will follow suit.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said today's announcement would slash household energy bills and carbon emissions while providing an important boost for the British heating industry. "The scheme shows how this Government continues to invest in the British industries and jobs of the future," he said.

Climate Secretary Ed Miliband said the scheme would save around £200 off heating bills per year for families that are replacing their old boilers.

He suggested it would save the same amount of carbon equivalent to taking around 45,000 cars off the road.

Fraser Winterbottom, Chief Operating Officer, Energy Saving Trust said: "We know that people will act on larger energy efficiency measures like replacing boilers when they are both good for the environment and cost effective for them.

"They also need to be able to trust the claims that are made around energy efficiency measures."

Roger Webb, from the Heating and Hot Water Industry Council, added: "We are delighted that the government is giving the green light to enable householders to replace an old inefficient boiler with a new energy efficient model and by doing so recognising that a new boiler can really improve energy efficiency."


Related UK National News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

24 September 2008
EDF To Takeover British Energy
The Government welcomed EDF's proposed £12.5 billion takeover offer for British Energy Group and the British Energy Board's recommendation of the offer to its shareholders. The Government has committed to accept the cash offer of 774p per share for its 36% stake held by the Nuclear Liabilities Fund (NLF), subject to certain conditions.
16 September 2003
UK consumers urged to save £96m-a-week
A whopping £96 million worth of wasted energy a week could be saved if consumers in the UK take a few simple cost-saving steps.
03 February 2004
Community Energy projects get £6m cash boost
New energy-efficient schemes to heat homes, schools and other public buildings received more than £6 million today, adding to the £22 million already handed out to projects under the Community Energy Programme.
28 October 2011
People Need Better Informed On Green Deal
Action is required to tackle customers’ misconceptions over energy efficiency to ensure success of the Government’s 'Green Deal' policy, according to a report from Ernst & Young.
22 February 2011
Energy Forum Marks Milestone In Efforts
Speaking at the International Energy Forum (IEF) ministerial meeting in Saudi Arabia today, UK Energy Minister Charles Hendry highlighted the importance of international efforts to stabilise the cost of energy sources.
15 October 2008
Marks & Spencer To Launch Energy With SSE
Marks & Spencer has announced a partnership with Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) to launch M&S Energy. M&S Energy will supply electricity and gas to domestic customers and reward them with M&S store vouchers for helping the environment by reducing their energy usage.
16 September 2004
Energy efficiency campaign receives £15.5m boost
The government has announced a £15.5 million grant to support 17 new heating schemes drawn up to improve heating and energy efficiency and significantly reduce carbon emissions. This latest Community Energy programme initiative will help 19,000 people on low incomes and projects to cut harmful carbon emissions by almost 10,000 tonnes a year.
24 November 2003
Longer contracts could reduce energy bills, says government
Consumers could benefit from lower bills and help to combat climate change by being able to sign up to longer contracts with energy companies through a new pilot project announced today by government ministers.
24 October 2008
Ofgem Launches 'Energy Best Deal'
Energy regulator Ofgem has launched Energy Best Deal, a campaign to empower low income customers with the information to help them make the most of the energy market. The campaign has been devised by Ofgem and Citizens Advice and has been funded by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
05 April 2011
Construction Products Exhibition Helps Generate £50 Billion For UK Economy
An exhibition highlighting the strength of the UK construction products industry was today opened at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) by Business Minster Mark Prisk.
19 January 2015
British Gas Cut Prices By 5%
British Gas has announced it will cut its prices by 5% from 27 February, reducing the average household bill by around £37. It follows an announcement of a 3.5% cut by E.On last week.
23 April 2014
Eight Renewable Energy Projects Approved
Plans for eight major renewable energy projects have been approved by the government as part of energy measures, expected to generate enough clean power for three million homes, support 8,500 new jobs and attract more than £12bn in private investment.
19 October 2012
Ofgem Consults Plans To Improve Competitiveness Of Household Energy Market
Ofgem is consulting on plans for a package of simpler, clearer, fairer measures to improve radically the competitiveness of the household energy market. This follows a commitment to tackle problems of tariff complexity, poor supplier behaviour and lack of transparency identified in its review of the retail market.
15 February 2007
Greenpeace wins nuclear power battle
Greenpeace has won its legal battle which means the government may have to reconsider its plans to build a new generation of nuclear power stations. A High Court judge ruled that the government's consultation process before making the decision last year was "seriously flawed" and "procedurally unfair".