Mark Kelly, CEO Baxi Group UK and Ireland, said: “The boiler scrappage scheme gives a real opportunity for households to upgrade their current boiler to the most efficient available. Whilst considerably lowering the carbon footprint of each household it will also save families over £200 per year in fuel costs.
“Baxi is pleased with the timing of this announcement as we have just launched a high efficiency version of the old Baxi Bermuda back boiler, which is one of the G band boilers. Previously, a replacement meant re-siting the boiler, re-routing all the pipe work and redecorating; the new high efficiency model is a genuine, simple replacement which fits into the same place with minimum disruption.”
The Energy Saving Trust (EST) will administer the scheme. The grant will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and will be payable directly to the homeowner. Details of the scheme and how to apply can be found on the EST website http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Home-improvements-and-products/Heating-and-hot-water/Boiler-scrappage-scheme
According to the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC), there are approximately 4.5 million SEDBUK Band G rated boilers still in use in the UK, each working at less than 70 per cent efficiency. Changing to a Band A high efficiency boiler could save you around £235 a year in energy bills, as well as reducing your carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by a staggering 1.2 tonnes.
It is worth checking to see if you are eligible for the grant if you have a back boiler, your boiler has permanent pilot ignition or if it was installed before 2005 when legislation was changed to ensure all new boilers were high efficiency, condensing boilers.
You can find an easy to use guide on the Baxi website www.baxi.co.uk/boiler-scrappage-scheme to help you identify whether you have a G rated appliance. We have also included a simple product comparison so you can see at a glance which A-rated boiler to consider as a direct replacement.
Baxi has a range of SEDBUK Band A rated boilers suitable for every application. The Baxi Duo-tec Combi HE was voted CORGI Boiler of the Year 2008 by installers and was awarded Best Buy by Which? in 2007, when it achieved 5-star ratings for efficiency, low NOx emissions (Nitrogen Oxide), features and installing. Baxi has also introduced the brand new Baxi Bermuda BBU HE, the only A-rated appliance on the market suitable for use as a direct replacement.
And you can also find your nearest Baxi installer on the website. Simply type in your postcode and hit the Find an Installer button for a map showing the 10 closest Gas Safe Registered Baxi Installers, along with their names, addresses and Gas Safe registration numbers.
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Notes to editors
1 In order to be eligible, you must first get a quote from a GasSafe registered installer for replacing a SEDBUK (Seasonal Efficiency of Domestic Boilers in the UK) Band G, or equivalent, boiler with a new Band A model. Once your eligibility has been confirmed, the EST will issue a voucher for £400, valid for 12 weeks. When the work has been completed and paid for, you need to submit the installer’s invoice and the voucher to the EST, who will then reimburse the £400 direct to you. Full details can be found at http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Home-improvements-and-products/Heating-and-hot-water/Boiler-scrappage-scheme
2 The DECC press release can be found at http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/pn10_002/pn10_002.aspx
3 The campaign for a Boiler Scrappage Scheme was started by Mick Williams, who runs a chain of plumbers' merchants in the South of England. For more information visit www.reheatbritain.org.uk