The Boiler Scrappage Scheme was announced on December 9 after much campaigning across the UK. It launched in January.
By the middle of March, a little over 35,000 vouchers had been redeemed of the 125,000 sent out by the Energy Saving Trust.
The scheme, which entitled the home owner to claim £400 from the cost of a new energy efficient boiler when replacing an old G rated boiler, has now closed to new applicants and holders of original vouchers must complete their installation and claim their money within 12 weeks of the voucher issue.
Many people applied for the voucher thinking they could simply DIY and claim £400 off the cost of the boiler. Others thought they would get the £400 before the boiler was installed and use it to pay the heating engineer. The fact that the boiler has to be installed by a fully qualified engineer, who then has to verify the claim, explains why there are many more voucher applicants than monies claimed.
DIY is forbidden in anything to do with gas installation of any kind and attempting to fit boilers without the necessary qualifications and experience can be suicide. Our own project page http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/projects/gas_safety.htm gives more information on the dangers and regulations involved with Gas fitting.