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Govt urged to increase high efficiency boiler uptake

OFTEC, the body which establishes the standards for competence within the domestic heating and cooking industry, has urged the Government to boost the take-up of high efficiency condensing boilers.

The body has proposed a boiler scrappage scheme to Secretary of State for Energy, Ed Davey, in order to entice a greater number of households to make the switch.

OFTEC chairman, Martyn Bridges, confirms that there are still millions of UK households making use of old, inefficient boilers that are low in energy efficiency, and said that a scrappage scheme would assist households in affording upgrades. He also said that by switching to the new energy efficient boilers, households could save up to 20 per cent in fuel costs, if not more.

“Green Deal has failed to make the intended impact on reducing CO2 emissions due to low take up and regrettably we anticipate the Government's much publicised domestic RHI scheme may well suffer the same fate”, Martyn Bridges said in his letter to OFTEC.

“A simple boiler scrappage scheme, such as the one successfully running in Northern Ireland, would do so much more to encourage people to upgrade their boilers and take their first, manageable steps towards a more fuel efficient future”, he added.

The Northern Ireland Assembly’s roll out of a boiler scrappage scheme offered households a