British Gas Boiler Scrappage Scheme Details
Hot on the heals of the government’s announcement that the boiler scrappage scheme is now operational and that Npower have also doubled the offer now British Gas has announced their own scheme where you can get £800 off a new boiler when trading in from an old G rated boiler.
The British Gas boiler scrappage scheme matches what the government is offering so they will also provide a £400 discount off a new A rated boiler if you replace your existing one that is rated G or worse.
It’s easy to do. For the government part you need to contact the energy savings trust to claim your voucher. More details here. A new boiler is going to cost in excess of £2,000 fully fitted and although the pricing from British Gas may be higher than your local installer they are always offering special deals on their website so it’s worth taking a look. More commonly they offer:
- A standard discount on top of the scrappage allowances
- Free radiator valve controls to set the temperatures of each of your radiators which can save energy
- Free home care for the annual maintenance of your boiler for at least one year
Range of boilers available from British Gas
As you can imagine British Gas offer you many options when choosing a new A rated boiler which in itself could save you at least £200 per year off your energy bills because they are at least 90% efficient (whereas the old G rated ones are generally less than 70% efficient).
You can choose from British Gas own branded boilers as well as an extensive range from Potterton, Vaillant, Worcester Bosch (our choice), Baxi and Glow Worm. There is also a choice between the excellent combination boilers and conventional boiler and hot water storage systems.
You can pay for your new boiler in many ways including credit and debit cards as well as a flexible heating improvement plan which is really a loan from British Gas. And don’t forget if you are on benefits you may be able to get a government grant under the warm front heating scheme which could see most of the cost being paid by the government. More details here.
It’s always best to get many quotes for such a large household expense and see what additional benefits the energy companies or your local installer are offering. For example, the addition of a servicing pack from British Gas for one year may sound like an excellent deal but when you compare it to Npower’s four year servicing deal it may be something you want to investigate.
So it’s not always simply down to the price of a new boiler as servicing is something you need to cover especially in the cold winter months when you can not afford to be without heating and hot water for your home.
Our advice is to get a couple of quotes from two of the big energy companies and then from a local company that someone has recommended to you. Then check to see what additional discounts can be obtained by negotiating with each supplier. Also see what additional benefits are being offered as mentioned above.
In summary it’s good to see that British Gas are doubling the government’s scrappage scheme but there may be better deals out there in the market place.
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