The UK Government is making £400 grants available to a total of 125,000 households throughout England whose boilers are “G” rated or below. A “G” rating means that the seasonal energy efficiency rating is less than 70%. A chart giving a list of the seasonal efficiency of domestic boilers in the UK (SEDBUK) with “G” ratings can be found on the home page of the Ofgem website.
“A” rated boilers will have an efficiency level of 85% and upwards, and are considered to be capable of delivering a saving of around £200 in household heating bills per year as well as reducing each household’s carbon footprint by approximately 1 tonne annually. These energy grades will be updated by a new European directive at some time in the future.
Beware of Scammers and Use Only “Gas Safe” Registered Gas Engineers
Householders are warned not to be duped by online or local scammers calling themselves “energy efficiency companies” or similar who are charging for a remote assessment of boilers to see if they fall within the list of boilers considered as “G” grade. The complete list is freely available to the public at a number of websites and by telephone, and if in doubt the application process will confirm efficiency levels and gradings at no charge. Local gas fitters will be pleased to give free advice on makes of boiler which are included in the scheme.
Householders are advised to warn vulnerable neighbours and family members, especially the elderly, not to pay to have an assessment of their boiler to see if they qualify.
Additionally it is vitally important to check that gas engineers previously registered with CORGI are now registered with the Gas Safe register as of now, otherwise they are operating illegally. Check Gas Safe ID cards to verify the appliances the engineer is qualified to work on, .
Is the Boiler Scrappage Subsidy Available Throughout the UK?
The scheme is available throughout England only. The government has said that the devolved governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be making their own decisions as to whether or not to implement a scrappage scheme.
Can Any Householders with G Rated Boilers Apply for the Boiler Scrappage Subsidy?
SEDBUK has advised of the three main points to bear in mind when applying for the £400:
- A householder (including tenants) under 60 can only apply for the scheme if the boiler being scrapped is in working order and is the main boiler used to heat the property.
- A householder (and/or tenants) aged 60+ can apply for the £400 incentive payment whether or not the boiler is working properly, although it has to be the main heating boiler and must still be supplying the wet system.
- Boiler installers and manufacturers, landlords registered with the local authority, and housing associations are not eligible.
How do People Claim for the £400 Under the Government Boiler Scrappage Scheme
Householders can ring Freephone 0800 512 012 or visit the Government Boiler Scrappage Scheme check page to confirm eligibility. A quotation then needs to be sourced for the boiler replacement, and the following details entered onto the site:
- Full name.
- Property address being claimed for
- Name and make of obsolete boiler
- Details of the company or engineer doing the installation
- Gas Safe/OFTEC/HETAS or MCS registration number of installer
- Confirmation from the installer that a quote has been issued for the work
Once these details have been confirmed, a voucher will be sent out from January and is valid only for 12 weeks. If a voucher is not used within this time it will be cancelled, but can be reissued upon re-application. Vouchers will be issued until 125,000 households are actively participating in the scheme.
The cost of electric, oil and gas boiler replacement less the £400 of the voucher will be up to the householders. It may be worth seeing if there are any home improvement grants that can be claimed at the same time in order to reduce the overall cost.