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Are energy companies cashing in on the boiler scrappage scheme?

Leading energy suppliers are under fire this week amidst allegations they are cashing in on the boiler scrappage scheme. The claim comes from some industry experts accusing them of quoting customers inflated new boiler prices, despite matching the £400 rebate available under the plan.

Designed to cut carbon footprints and energy bills, the boiler scrappage scheme gives households £400 towards replacing their aging boilers with new energy efficient ones. Since its launch at the beginning of the year, it has seen an uptake of over a third of its vouchers, leaving around 70,000 worth £28million available to claim.

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Over 54,000 vouchers claimed under the Boiler Scrappage scheme

The government’s boiler scrappage scheme has been deemed a success following take-up figures released this week. Over a third of the vouchers available under the scheme have already been claimed since it launched six weeks ago.

Figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change this week revealed a total of 54,578 vouchers taken, out of the possible 120,000 available at the start of the scheme in January. This leaves around 70,000, worth £28million up for grabs. So if you want to take advantage of it, you should act now to avoid disappointment.

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Households set to receive cash for going green

Under a new scheme announced by the government this week, households who go green could earn £900 a year and save £140 on their energy bills.

Cash payments are available from this April to homeowners who install renewable energy technologies like solar panels, wind turbines or produce energy from waste, and sell the electricity they generate back to the National Grid.

The scheme makes low carbon living a more attractive proposition for households, who can now earn money from it to help pay towards getting it installed. Green households are also guaranteed a competitive price for their electricity by the governments new ‘feed-in tariffs’ policy. The price will also adjust in line with inflation.

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Can vulnerable households miss out because of the Boiler Scrappage Scheme?

As the government’s Boiler Scrappage Scheme heads into its second week, questions have arisen about vulnerable households who may end up worse off because of it.

The doubt has arisen because under the government’s own Warm Front scheme, pensioners and those on a low income or benefits are eligible to financial assistance for buying and installing a new boiler. The maximum amount available is £3,500, and in many cases this will cover the entire cost of replacing a boiler.

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Understanding your boilers energy efficiency ratings

In light of this week’s launch of the government’s Boiler Scrappage Scheme, we thought it useful to write an article about understanding your boilers energy efficiency ratings.

Boiler efficiency ratings have never been so important, not only because they determine a boiler’s effectiveness, but also if it’s time to upgrade to a better model, your boiler’s energy efficiency rating is a main criteria for the £400 discount available from the Boiler Scrappage Scheme.

When considering efficiency ratings, the best place start is the Seasonal Efficiency of Domestic Boilers in the UK (SEDBUK) boiler efficiency range. Its purpose is to provide an accurate and impartial comparison of how well boilers work in relation to the energy they use. All types of boilers regardless of their make or model should come with a SEDBUK rating.

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Boiler Scrappage Scheme – What You Need To Know

The government launched its Boiler Scrappage Scheme this week where thousands of homeowners could receive £400 towards replacing their aging boilers.

Many could also see this figure double to £800 now leading energy suppliers including British Gas and nPower have confirmed their plans to match the government’s payout. With a typical new boiler installation costing around £2,500, any financial assistance will be welcomed by all households.

The scheme has been put together with the Energy Saving Trust in a bid to make inefficient G-Rated boilers a thing of the past. Households can start applying for their £400 government vouchers from as early as the 18th January. You have to be quick though, because this £50 million scheme is available only for up to 125,000 households who own a G-Rated boiler or one that is less than 70% efficient.

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Energy Efficiency Grants – The Facts

Energy Efficiency Grants – The Facts.  We all want to reduce our energy bills, and improving the energy efficiency of our homes is one of the best ways to do it. To help UK households reduce their carbon emissions, energy efficiency grants are available for those that qualify.

This article covers these grants, what you need to be eligible, and how to get one. Firstly, let’s review the facts about home insulation.

Home insulation helps to retain most of the heat otherwise lost from your home. According to the Energy Saving Trust, your roof and walls account for half the heat lost in your home, and insulating them could save you around £265 a year on fuel bills. So now we have reminded ourselves of the value of home insulation, let’s talk about energy efficiency grants.

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Smart Meters for Businesses

A Great Way To Manage Your Business Energy Usage

Businesses are under increasing pressure these days to improve the way they manage their energy usage. This is because of rising energy prices, and initiatives set by the government to increase their energy efficiency.

Part of the Building Regulations Act encourages businesses to accurately measure the amount of energy they use. So unless you already know what yours is, you are likely to find it difficult to get a true picture. So what can help?

Research has shown that Smart Meters are increasingly providing businesses with the answer*. This is because they give an accurate and up to date energy reading, which can be used to help control and drive the right energy efficiency behavior.

A Smart Meter will help a business to become more proactive when it comes to managing their energy usage. This is because once they know the amount they are using and how much it is costing them, they can start taking steps to reduce it and their impact on the environment.

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Energy Saving Tips For Small Businesses

It is easy when you are busy running your business to overlook ways in which you can keep costs down, like on your utility bills. We offer expert advice on Energy Saving Tips For Small Businesses.  Many small businesses do not keep track of how much their gas and electricity is costing them, or do not know how to reduce it.

By taking a few simple measures to save energy in your business, you will see an immediate drop in the amount you are paying and reduce your carbon emissions.

This guide covers 10 such ways which are easy and virtually free to implement. So start improving the energy efficiency of your business and save on your energy bill today.

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Handy Guide To Home Insulation

Home insulation is arguably one of the best ways to cut your fuel bills and reduce your carbon footprint, our handy guide to home insulation helps you save money. If you are planning to insulate your home, then there are a few things that you should bear in mind. This Handy Guide To Home Insulation will highlight them, though it is also wise to get expert advice beforehand.

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