Leading Energy Providers Accused of Inflating Boiler Scrappage Scheme Prices Reports Boiler Guide

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Energy companies capitalising on high demand for new boiler installations through the government boiler scrappage scheme.

We recommend homeowners obtain 3 quotes, they should contact either 2 nationwide firms and 1 local or vice versa.

The UK Government's Boiler Scrappage Scheme is largely considered to be a success in terms of encouraging households to become more energy efficient. Under the scheme, eligible households can receive a voucher of £400 if they replace their old G-rated boilers with new A-rated models, which are more environmentally friendly and can result in domestic energy savings of more than £200 per annum per household. Upgrading an old boiler in this way, however, may not be quite so cost-effective as it might first seem; indeed, after a leading plumber – Charlie Mullins of Pimlico Plumbers – derided the scheme by claiming it to be "financial madness", more attention has been paid to how affordable it is for customers. Despite concern that a quote of £3,000 or more for a boiler replacement under the scheme was simply not economically viable, many of the leading energy providers have matched the Government's £400 voucher offer. Therefore, savings of up to £800 are possible under the Boiler Scrappage Scheme – but do the figures actually add up?

E.ON, Scottish and Southern, British Gas and nPower have all matched the Government scheme by offering the additional £400 discount to customers who buy the replacement boiler from them. However, some householders have claimed that some of these energy giants charge inflated prices for installing the new boilers, which negate any savings generated under the scheme. Independent engineers have also moved to heap criticism on the domestic energy giants for inflating the prices.

Founder of Boiler Guide David Holmes, commented: "We recommend homeowners obtain 3 boiler quotes, they should contact either 2 nationwide firms and 1 local or vice versa. This will not only provide a good feel for the correct price for the job but will also enable the homeowner to asses the companies professionalism and knowledge against each other."

Boiler Guide hosts Gas Safe & Oftec registered Heating Engineers from all over the United Kingdom. Homeowners can search for a heating engineer in their vicinity, and receive quotes for the work that they need to be completed.

A listing on the website is free to all Engineers with Boiler Guide only charging its users for successful leads generated. Engineers can receive alerts for leads via text message or email, ensuring that they are well informed and don’t miss a lead opportunity.

Boiler Guide also has a range or pages on its website dedicated to informing homeowners on the needs of their central heating system, with articles on specific topics such as gas boiler services and boiler replacement.

For more information on Boiler Guide, please visit boilerguide.co.uk

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