British Gas re-opens £400 boiler scrappage schemeWhich? says shop around to get the best boiler deal
06 September 2011
British Gas is offering a £400 discount on the cost of selected new boilers as part of a boiler scrappage offer.
The discount is available to customers who get a quote to trade in their old boiler for an energy efficient boiler model from Worcester before 2 October and get it installed by British Gas.
Boilers from other manufacturers attract a £200 discount.
British Gas boiler scrappage
Unlike the government-run boiler scrappage scheme (which has since closed in England and Wales), this British Gas offer - which also ran for a month in June - does not depend on the type or age of the boiler being replaced.
All Worcester boiler models in British Gas' range are included in the offer. Npower is running a similar £300 boiler trade-in scheme that also includes Vaillant and Glow-worm boilers.
Worcester was one of the boiler brands rated and ranked for customer satisfaction and boiler reliability when we surveyed thousands of Which? members about their boiler experiences. You can read the results, along with detailed spec and model information on more than 50 Worcester boilers, in our boilers review.
Shop around first
Even after factoring in the extra £400 rebate, British Gas might not be the cheapest. When we investigated boiler installation costs in August 2010, using British Gas was 39% more expensive on average than using a local, independent fitter.
If you're looking for a replacement boiler, we'd suggest you always shop around and get several quotes before choosing a new boiler and installer.
Which? boilers expert Victoria Pearson said: 'The average cost of replacing a gas boiler is £2,459, and £3,000 for an oil boiler, according to information from the previous boiler scrappage scheme. So any money you can get off a new boiler is going to help.
'But you should always get a minimum of three quotes before deciding who is going to install your boiler. If you decide to take advantage of any scrappage offers, make sure the final quote you get is competitive.'
Ways to save energy
Even with a discount, it will take several years for the upfront cost of a boiler to be offset by the annual energy savings made.
If you're looking for a cheaper way to reduce your energy bills, consider topping up your loft insulation - you could save £145 a year.