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Boiler firms applaud scrappage help for homeowners

Published:  14 December, 2009

UK: Rival boiler makers have joined the chorus of approval for the launch of the Band G scrappage scheme.

Vaillant, Baxi and Ideal Boilers put aside their rivalry to applaud the Government’s launch of the scheme that will help 125 000 homes replace inefficient boilers.

Dave Lacey, commercial director of Vaillant (UK & Ireland) said: "We have seen how successful the car scrappage scheme has been and are looking forward to the boiler scrappage scheme following suit.

"With Ofgem predicting that energy costs are due to rise again in 2010, end-users can counter this price rise by utilising this scheme to replace their existing boiler with a high efficiency model.

“Replacing a boiler that is over 15 years old with a greener model could actually save consumers up to £310 a year and the additional benefit of the £400 grant makes this proposition even more attractive."

Baxi Group has supported the call for a boiler scrappage scheme since Mick Williams, a plumbers' merchant from Hampshire, started a petition to kick-start the campaign.

Said Mark Kelly, Baxi Group’s chief executive officer: "This announcement is great news for consumers, as it helps them reduce fuel bills and will go some way to reducing their carbon footprint.

"It also gives the industry a great lift.  After days of speculation, we are delighted that the Government has finally decided to introduce this initiative to tackle UK carbon emissions."

Statistics gathered by the HHIC (Heating & Hotwater Industry Council) estimate that there are 4.5 million Band G-rated boilers in use rated at less than 70% efficient.

"Upgrading a boiler could make savings of 1.2 tonnes of CO2 a year."

Shaun Edwards, managing director of Ideal Boilers, added: “Not only will it provide another important step on the path towards a low carbon future, but the replacement of old boilers with modern energy-efficient alternatives will stimulate demand, which will be welcomed by the industry as a whole during continued difficult trading conditions.”

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