Energy giant British Gas has announced that it is re-launching its boiler scrappage scheme, enabling consumers to get a significant amount of money off a new, energy efficient boiler for the home. Under the terms of the scheme energy customers will be able to benefit from £400 off the cost of a new, modern boiler.
People across England, Wales, and Scotland will be eligible to get money off a new boiler as part of the scheme if they trade in their old boiler. The new boilers that are being installed are Worcester Bosch models, which have been given an A rating for their energy efficiency. The scheme comes after a government backed scheme that was launched in January of last year.
A spokesperson for British Gas said that whilst the government scheme last year had been welcomed there had been a cap on the number of vouchers that were made available. This resulted in many households who could have benefitted from the scheme missing out. The energy giant said that thousands of homes may have missed out the last time around but it would "ensure that some of the 3.5m households estimated to still be heated by inefficient boilers have another opportunity to benefit".
With many households paying out a fortune in energy cost it has become increasingly important for them to find ways to cut down on energy consumption. One of the ways in which they can do this is through having a more energy efficient boiler, as British Gas claims that around 25% of a household's energy consumption can be wasted each year through the use of an inefficient boiler.
The company went on to state that an inefficient boiler was one of the biggest sources of wasted energy in homes, which resulted in a nasty shock for households in the winter time when temperatures plummet.
However, many consumers have expressed opinions online that this scrappage scheme from British Gas is nothing more than masked advertising, as the quotes they are receiving for having a new boiler are extortionate even with the £400 off. Some consumers have said that it worked out far cheaper to go elsewhere for an energy efficient boiler than to take up the scheme and pay twice the price for £400 off.