Boiler offer for Teignbridge residents
WARMER homes with cheaper energy bills for more vulnerable residents is the aim this autumn as Teignbridge District Council encourages applicants for its boiler scrappage scheme.
The council launched the scheme last year giving some residents an opportunity to replace their old boilers with brand new ones at a discounted price, saving money and vastly reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
Homeowners and tenants who are over 75 years-old and have a household income below £16,000 or receive disability living allowance can receive a £400 discount voucher if their current boiler is rated E and above.
Replacing an old gas boiler with a high-efficiency condensing boiler could save up to £300 in energy bills and over 1kg of carbon dioxide emissions each year. With autumn and winter on the way, the council is urging people to apply soon if they’d like to complete the work in time for the colder weather.
Once the voucher is issued, it is valid for eight weeks. As long as the new boiler is an A-rated or equivalent gas, oil or LPG boiler and is fitted by a registered installer, it could save up to 20 per cent a year on current household heating bills.
Vouchers are limited and issued on a first come first served basis, so residents are urged to get in touch sooner rather than later.
Cllr Philip Vogel, Teignbridge Executive Spokesperson for Housing and Planning said: “Old boilers are often expensive to run and often don’t do their job as well as they should.
“This scheme aims to help those who are most in need of a good working boiler, and gives them a chance to be fully prepared for the winter months at a more pocket friendly price. We appreciate the savings won’t outweigh the cost of a replacement at first, but over time the savings add up. The scheme is also a huge help to those people who may have no choice but to replace their boiler.
“Not only will a new boiler be cheaper to run, but it has the added advantage of helping our environment by reducing carbon emissions.”
For more information on the boiler scrappage scheme, or to find out if you are eligible for help, please contact Teignbridge District Council on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01626 215764, or visit www.teignbridge.gov.uk/boilerscrappage.