Boiler scrappage scheme launches todayBritish Gas to match the £400 towards new boilers

05 January 2010

A man installs a boiler

Boiler installation costs will depend on how complicated it is

Householders with an old boiler will be able to apply for £400 off the cost of a new boiler, under a scheme launched today.

The aim is to reduce carbon emissions and help people cut energy bills. The government says the £50m scheme will save as much carbon as taking 45,000 cars off the roads. It will also cut a household's energy bill by up to £235 a year. 

Some energy companies are offering further discounts for those who get a £400 voucher under the scheme.

Which? has put together a question and answer guide to the boiler scrappage scheme, including our verdict on whether it's worth using it.

Efficient boilers

The £400 vouchers are available from the Energy Saving Trust but will be given only to those with the least energy efficient boilers - 'G' rated boilers. This will affect about 125,000 people.

If you want to take advantage of the government's scheme or are just in the market for a more energy efficient boiler see the Which? . For extra help with looking after your existing boiler see the Which? video guide to getting a good boiler service and our guide to the best and worst boiler cover providers

Boiler discounts

Some energy companies are planning to add their own money-off initiatives for upgrading to more efficient boilers.

British Gas is intending to match the government's pledge with an additional £400 off. 

However, when Which? carried out a snapshot survey of boiler installation costs. British Gas quoted considerably more than independent companies. Another company could therefore be cheaper even without the discount so it is worth shopping around. 

The average cost of a boiler and its installation is around £2,500, according to the heating industry.

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