Npower boiler scrappage scheme to run indefinitelyWhich? says shop around to get best boiler deal
19 March 2010
Energy giant Npower has pledged to continue offering its £400 boiler scrappage discount after the government’s scheme ends.
Consumers who want to replace their old G-rated boiler for a new energy efficient one will still be able to get a £400 discount from Npower, once the government’s boiler scheme ends.
Currently, Npower - along with British Gas - promises to match the government’s £400 grant, which means eligible households can combine the scrappage schemes to get an £800 discount on an A-rated boiler installation from Npower when they trade in their old G-rated one.
If you're thinking about replacing your boiler, consult our boiler reviews to find which models are Which? Best Buy boilers, and read our boiler scrappage scheme Q&A to find out whether your boiler is eligible, how to apply for the scheme - and whether it's worth it.
Government vouchers running out fast
The government’s boiler scrappage scheme was launched in January 2010 and has seen an impressive take-up. Last month, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) reported that of the 125,000 boiler scrappage vouchers available, Decc had already issued more than 54,000 scrappage vouchers .
Npower retail chief executive Kevin Miles said: ‘The scrappage scheme has proven to be extremely popular and if take-up continues at the same rate, we expect the government’s scheme to close in April.
‘However, there are still approximately 4 million households with G-rated boilers in the UK, which is why we are pledging to continue Npower’s boiler scrappage scheme.’
A spokesperson from the DECC did not want to comment on when the government’s scheme might end.
British Gas boiler deal
British Gas is also currently offering to match the government's £400 scrappage discount, however it has not announced plans to continue this discount once the government scheme ends.
Instead, it says it will offer a new boiler deal from 1 May, whereby customers will get a £200 discount on the price of a boiler installation from British Gas and get one year's free HomeCare 200 boiler cover (which normally costs £204).
Shop around for the best boiler deal
Which? home editor Liz Edwards warned: ‘While it’s good news that Npower will continue this discount, don’t assume that the company offering the biggest discount will necessarily be offering the best boiler installation deal.
‘When we took a snapshot of boiler installation costs in 2009, we compared British Gas quotes against several independent central heating engineers and found British Gas charged up to twice as much as the lowest priced independent boiler engineer for the same job.
‘If you’re considering replacing your boiler, make sure you shop around and get several quotes before committing.’
Our boiler scrappage scheme Q&A tells you how to apply for the scheme, how much you can expect to pay for a new boiler and boiler installation as well as our overall verdict on the scheme - including whether other energy saving measures such as loft insulation or cavity wall insulation could offer a better value option.
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