Londoners urged to scrap their boilers

Mayor of London Boris Johnson launched a new boiler scrappage scheme for Greater London residents last week – and yes, it does include oil-fired boilers!

Around 12,700 households in Greater London currently use oil for heating and an estimated 60% of these still have a standard efficiency boilers in need of replacement.

The 8-week scheme will provide a £400 cashback subsidy to upgrade a standard 70% efficiency oil or gas boiler to an A-rated 890% efficiency condensing model.

Boris Johnson is encouraging “everyone harbouring ancient boiler artefacts” to sign up to his boiler cashback scheme now and benefit from a brand new cost effective heating system.

“This scorching scheme will help 6,500 London homes become more energy efficient and cut annual bills,” said Boris

Whilst the number of oil-using homes that may benefit from the scheme is quite small, OFTEC welcomed the initiative saying:

“It vindicates our long-championed view that a boiler scrappage scheme would be the most cost effective way to improve the UK’s domestic energy efficiency and substantially reduce carbon emissions.”

“Our country urgently needs carbon reduction schemes that don’t cost the earth and actually work,” said OFTEC director general Jeremy Hawksley.

“Boiler scrappage is an ideal way to help UK households to reduce carbon emissions from heating in a practical and affordable way.”

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