Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Old boiler - talk to Teignbridge

Teignbridge District Council is reminding local people that they may be able to benefit from £400 off the cost of replacing their old boiler as winter draws in.

The district council runs its own scheme to help qualifying residents afford new energy efficient boilers which can help keep costs down and homes warm as colder weather fast approaches.

The scheme was launched in April this year to help fill the gap left by the end of the former national boiler scrappage scheme. It is open to private homeowners or private tenants who are aged over 75 and have a household income of under £16,000. It’s also open to any private homeowner or private tenant of any age if they are in receipt of a disability living allowance in the middle or higher care rates. Applicants must be upgrading an E, F, G or lower rated boiler to a new A-rated model.

To take part in the scheme, residents should contact the council to request a £400 rebate voucher. Their eligibility will be checked by completing an application form and viewing evidence of their status. If the criteria are met, a £400 voucher is issued, valid for eight weeks. Customers can then proceed with the installation of a new boiler, so long as it is an A-rated or equivalent gas, oil or LPG boiler being installed by a Gas Safe registered installer; or for oil boilers a person registered with a competent person's scheme such as OFTEC or HETAS.

Vouchers are limited to one per household must be obtained prior to installation. Funding for the scheme does have a set limit, and vouchers are issued on a first come, first served basis.