In January we reported on the boiler scrappage scheme, which allows up to 125,000 households in England with working "G-rated" boilers to apply through the Energy Saving Trust for a voucher entitling them to £400 off the price of a new "A-rated" boiler or a renewable heating system (e.g., a biomass boiler or a heat pump).
One and a half months on, the Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced 54,758 households have claimed vouchers. This leaves around 70,000 vouchers, worth a total of £28 million, still up for grabs.
All major energy companies that sell and install boilers - including British Gas, E.On, npower and Scottish & Southern - have matched the Government subsidy, giving householders potentially £800 off the cost of a new energy-efficient boiler.
Arjinder Gill from Oadby in Leicestershire applied for a voucher after an engineer told him that his boiler was only 50% efficient and that it would be wise to get a new one. He said: "The process has been quick and easy. I am looking forward to a more efficient boiler and a warmer home."
Clive Wuest from St Neots in Cambridgeshire also replaced his home's old boiler when he heard about the scrappage scheme and said: "There already seems to be a huge difference. It definitely feels like the new boiler is working less for more heat, and we're looking forward to hopefully getting a significantly reduced gas bill."
The Energy Saving Trust has received on average 5,000 enquiries per day to its 14 call centres across England. If the current pace continues, the vouchers could run out by the end of April, so act fast!
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband said:
"The scheme is helping householders to save around £200 a year off fuel bills and cut carbon emissions while helping to sustain work for the 130,000 installers and up to 25 UK-based boiler manufacturers throughout the economic recovery."
While Roger Webb, Director of the trade association Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC), said:
"The boiler scrappage scheme has injected new life into the domestic heating market for both manufacturers and installers. Industry has been stimulated on many levels and the generation of enquires has been huge. Installers are thrilled that both existing and new customers are realising the benefits of this scheme and actually acting on the chance to replace their G-rated boilers.
Normally a boiler purchase is a distress buy but customers are receiving their voucher and actually scheduling in an installation. This rise in interest is indicative of how successful the scheme has been with consumers. The general consensus from the heating industry is that there has never been a better time to get a boiler replacement."
To learn more about the boiler scrappage scheme read Boiler Scrappage Scheme: Everything You Need To Know and visit the Energy Saving Trust website or call their advice line on 0800 512 012.