OFTEC Encourages Boiler Scrappage Scheme
03 April 2014
This week, OFTEC
(Oil Firing Technical Association) wrote to Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, to request that a boiler scrappage scheme be introduced in order to encourage homeowners to switch to high efficiency, condensing boilers.
With recent publicity surrounding energy costs in the UK, OFTEC has once again highlighted the benefits of making existing home energy systems work more efficiently. Heating oil users in the UK have long been urged to make the switch to condensing boilers as a means of reducing domestic energy bills and OFTEC's appeal to Mr. Davey has aimed to ramp up awareness and action on the matter.
In his letter, OFTEC Chairman, Martyn Bridges pointed out that millions of oil and gas users across the UK could save up to 20% on their annual heating bills, by making the switch to a newer, higher efficiency boiler - not to mention the benefits in reducing each household's CO2 footprint.
Mr. Bridges also highlighted the success of a similar scrappage scheme introduced in Northern Ireland, whereby homeowners were eligible to receive a £1,000 subsidy towards the cost of replacing an oil boiler with a condesing boiler. As a result, over 10,000 boilers have been replaced since last April.
Recently, Ed Davey announced that further amendments would be made to the Green Deal
in 2014, to encourage growth in energy efficiency.
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