Householders must act quickly.

Worcester calls for scrappage scheme extension

Published:  05 March, 2010

WORCESTER: Leading boiler manufacturer Worcester, Bosch Group, is publicly calling on the Government to extend its boiler scrappage scheme once the initial 125 000 vouchers have been used up.

The company has already started lobbying MPs and civil servants to extend the scheme which has proved a phenomenal success with installers and homeowners. The company's own calculations suggest that the scheme will run out in early April, but there are some suggestions that it could be even earlier.

Neil Schofield, head of sustainable development at Worcester, commented: "My understanding is that there are only 50 000 vouchers left which could mean that many householders will be left disappointed if they do not act quickly. We have been working on the assumption that the vouchers will run out in early April, but privately those close to the scheme will tell you that it could be much earlier than that."

The Government's scrappage scheme targets the UK's 4.5 million Band G boilers with the aim of reducing household energy bills and reducing the domestic heat element of the UK's carbon footprint.

"The scheme has been good for the installer, the householder and the entire domestic heating sector," Mr Schofield said. "I would urge the Chancellor to include an extension to the boiler scrappage scheme as part of his Budget calculations."

He also welcomed the Government's announcement of its Home Energy Management Scheme which aims to provide a simple 'pay-as-you-save' method of financing renewable technologies.

He commented: "Pay-as-you-save enables householders to avoid the major hurdle to renewable technology installation, namely the upfront capital cost. 

"The details of how this scheme will work, in particular the mechanism for the loan to stay with the house rather than the owner, remain opaque, but we support this scheme in principle. Now we just need to get on with it."

Around 500 homes across England are taking part in a trial of whole-house energy makeovers – to find affordable ways to make houses more environmentally-friendly.

Homeowners in Birmingham, Sunderland, the London borough of Sutton and Stroud were the first to text the pay-as-you-save programme aims to let householders invest in energy efficiency and small-scale green power without being hit by upfront costs.

Under the £4m pilot schemes, homeowners will make repayments for the green technology over a long enough period so repayments are lower than the predicted savings on energy bills, though the financial packages could also include options in which they pay some of the upfront costs.

The whole-house energy makeovers will provide a range of technologies, including insulation and small-scale renewables such as solar panels or groundsource heat pumps to provide energy.

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