20 April 2010

Stevenson Welcomes Start Of Scottish Boiler Scrappage Scheme

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the start of the Scottish Government’s £2 million boiler scrappage scheme which will see up to 5,000 households receive £400 towards the cost of a new boiler. Households with poorly performing boilers (G rated) will benefit from the scheme which will reduce their household bills and save around 5,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, the equivalent of taking 1,700 cards off Scotland’s roads.

The boiler scrappage scheme will be run through the Energy Saving Scotland advice network, which provides advice on energy efficiency, renewables and sustainable transport for people across Scotland, and can be contacted on 0800 512 012.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“The Scottish Government made a commitment to introduce a boiler scrappage scheme in the 2010/11 financial year and I am delighted that this commitment is now being met. Replacing an inefficient boiler can be a significant expense, and it is excellent news that help is now available with these upgrade costs.

“People who benefit can expect to save around £190 on fuel costs, something that will be particularly welcome in the current economic climate. It will help reduce fuel poverty in Scotland and ensure that people can afford to keep their homes warm.

“The scheme will also help create business and will of course help play a part in reducing carbon emissions. It is good news for Banff & Buchan and I encourage people with inefficient boilers to contact Energy Savings Scotland to see if they can apply for the funds to replace their systems.”

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