VHL are pleased to announce that our customers may be eligible to take part in the Government’s latest energy saving initiative, the Boiler Cashback Scheme. Introduced at the start of this month, the scheme will offer £400 to homeowners and landlords, to help them replace their older boilers with newer, energy efficient systems. It is predicted to help 6,500 homes cut their energy bills.
With a more energy efficient boiler, owners can enjoy savings of around £340 a year on their energy bills. While energy efficient boilers are becoming more popular and widespread, there are still many homes that contain older models. These models can emit significant levels of carbon emissions due to their lower efficiency, which means that energy bills are higher.
With this new scheme, approximately 1.5 tonnes of carbon can be saved each year, which is the equivalent of the emissions from the return flight from London to San Francisco.
The scheme is supported by various charities and industry bodies, including National Energy Action (NEA) and the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC). NEA is a charity that focuses on helping those who are less able to heat their homes, working in conjunction with local governments, housing providers and voluntary organisations.
Am I eligible?
In order to qualify for the scheme, your existing boiler must function as the main heating source in the house, working at less than 70% energy efficiency.
Applying for the scheme works as follows:
Step 1: Fill out the online application form at https://boilercashback.london.gov.uk
Step 2: Within 10 days of the application, the customer will receive a voucher, which is valid for 12 weeks from the issue date.
Step 3: The boiler is installed in the home.
Step 4: After installation, the customer can claim the £400 cashback by sending the voucher and invoice to the following address. The voucher must be signed by customer and installer, and the payment will be issued within 21 days of receipt of voucher and invoice.
The address that the voucher and invoice need to be sent to is as follows:
London Boiler Cashback Scheme Claims
Energy Savings Trust
21 Dartmouth Street
If you are a VHL customer, you may be eligible to take part in the Boiler Cashback Scheme, providing you meet the following criteria:
- The property must be in London
- You must be a homeowner or an accredited private landlord
- Your current boiler must be operating at an efficiency rate of 70% or less, usually a G-rated boiler that is powered by gas, LPG, solid fuel or oil
- The replacement must be A rated (90% efficiency)
- The installer must be Gas Safe registered, a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certified installer or a member of a similar scheme such as OFTEC or HETAS.
Off the back of the ‘Boris boiler’ scheme being launched, Worcester-Bosch have now added a further benefit if you choose one of their ‘Green star’ gas-powered boilers, in the form of an extra £100, taking the total cashback available to £500. They require a photo be uploaded to their website to claim the extra.
The scheme runs from 10th February – 30th April 2016.
If you would like to know more about the scheme, or anything else that VHL do, please feel free to get in touch with us today and we will be more than happy to help.