From left: Barry Wilson Worcester sales manager, installer Steve Landels and Peter Thom with the Edwards' new boiler.

Worcester installer fits first boiler under new scrappage scheme

Published:  18 February, 2010

CAMBRIDGE: Installer Peter Thom was one of the first heating engineers to fit a new condensing boiler under the Government’s boiler scrappage scheme when he installed a Worcester Greenstar 24i system on 22 January.

Just three days after the scheme was launched to the public, Mr and Mrs Edwards of North Cambridge were the proud owners of a high efficiency condensing boiler and rid of their old band G appliance, thanks to the Government’s swift introduction of its Boiler Scrappage Scheme.

When Worcester first sparked the debate on the Boiler Scrappage idea last May, few within the industry believed that the Government would sit up and listen, especially not so quickly. But in less than seven months the numerous calls from all corners of the heating industry – installer’s, merchants, homeowners, governing bodies and of course manufacturers were heard and as promised, a month after Darling’s Pre-Budget Report, the boiler scrappage scheme was under way.

As soon as it was, Cambridge installer Peter Thom, one of the pioneer campaigners for the scheme was already fitting a new boiler for Mr and Mrs Edwards. The scheme was launched on Monday 18 January and by the Friday the new heating system was fully installed by the next day.

Mrs Edwards explained: “We first heard about the scrappage scheme on a news programme on television, which was our first prompt. We were aware that our boiler was ancient and could well be a band G. It also hadn’t been working properly for some time, so this news really encouraged us to do something about it. We did some more research on the internet and were quickly convinced that we should apply.”

Peter Thom, who is managing director of Green Heat, said: “Not only will Mr and Mrs Edwards benefit from a far more efficient heating system, reducing their bills and their carbon footprint but they now have far more space in their kitchen. We removed the old boiler which was hidden in the corner of the kitchen behind the dishwasher and fitted the new compact Worcester system boiler in the loft."

With the reduced energy costs and the £400 scrappage grant the payback period for the new boiler is just five years. By reducing the Edward’s CO2 emissions by 2.58 tonnes/year, it suggests that if all 125 000 government grants are utilised, the UK could save 322 500 tonnes of carbon each year.

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