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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 9th January 2010, 8:10 am

I'm confused about this. Is it available to everyone and is it worth it?? The other schemes I've looked at are only for pensioners and people on benefits. I have googled but it's confusing me even more
I'm sure I should get a new boiler, the one I have is 22 years old but all seems to be working fine (I really should get it serviced though) The heating is fine but I'm sure the water doesn't get as hot as it used to
So my questions really are:
1) Do I really need to get a new boiler?
2) If so, who is best to go with or should I just go with expensive but reliable(?) British Gas?
3) Would I qualify for the scheme and is it worth it or are there better deals out there????

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Post by MrsC on 9th January 2010, 9:05 am

I've not seen the details of this (having bought a new one only a couple of weeks before the scheme was announced Evil or Very Mad ) but I think I read somewhere that it's only if your boiler has a very low energy rating (E or G maybe) that you qualify for it. I'll see if I can find the newspaper article that explained it. May have been the Telegraph or Times...

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 9th January 2010, 10:02 am

- The scheme only applies to G-rated boilers. If your boiler is 15-20 yrs old+ then it is very likely to be a G.
- If you have a G-rated boiler and replace it with an A-rated, you will be saving probably £100-150 a year, and a significant amount of carbon emissions. If it costs you £1000-£1500 to replace it then it will take you 10 years to recoup the outlay, and sceptics say that you may not be recouping the embodied energy in a new bolier in that time. The counter argument to which is that if you have an old G-rated boiler it is unlikely to last another 10 years anyway and will become less and less efficient during that time. You need to weigh this one up yourself.
- The govt scheme gives you £500 towards the replacement but you have to use a scheme approved fitter. A decent A-rated boiler costs about £900 give or take, plus the installation which is probably another £500-1000 depending on the work involved. So, assuming the approved installers aren't just whacking another £500 on top because they have a monopoly, it is indeed a good deal. If I can find the cash for the our bit (not looking likely at the mo) I shall definitely be availing myself of it.
- personally I do not like to mess around when it comes to gas plumbing - I would use either a reputable name like BG or someone who is personally recommended.
- Assuming your boiler is G-rated, you qualify. It is not means tested - it is the bad boilers they aree targetting, not the hosueholders.

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Post by MrsC on 9th January 2010, 11:42 am

I'm pretty sure I saw an ad in the paper where BG were adding on their boiler scrappage scheme discount on top of the Govt one. (Although I though the Govt one was £400 not £500). In fact, article from the Telegraph here - this also mentions an NPower scrappage scheme too.

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Post by tony. on 10th January 2010, 8:59 am

depending on your circumstances you can apply for a new heating system.

my parents got free loft insulation last year, in their own home

i filled in a online web bsed energy audit on a government sponsored site, cant remember, got a reply back saying new boiler and external insualtion etc..

heating company was out on thursday to measure all the rooms, windows etc to do heat loss calculations.

find out in 2-3 weeks about the next process.- hopefully taking out a old potterton g rated boiler.

my parents dont need to pay for anything

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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 10th January 2010, 9:27 am

Thanks folks

I will look in to it further. I've had leaflets from BG through the door yesterday so will peruse those. I have actually been thinking about it for a while but the announcement of this particular scheme has made me think a bit more seriously about it.

Sadly, Tony, I don't qualify for any of the other govt schemes for help with heating/insulation as I'm either not old enough, earn just a weeny bit too much (by a few pounds at the last calculation) so can't claim any working tax benefits and my babies are all growed up and gorn
Well done to your parents though for managing to get the free insulation :cheers:
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