England Launches a "Cash for Boilers" Program
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Homeowners in England today are rushing to their basements and mechanical sheds to see if their aged boilers—a furnace used to heat water in home heating systems—are eligible for a government upgrade program.
People with old "G-rated" oil or gas boilers can apply to receive £400 off the price of a new unit, typically priced between £2,000 and £3,000 installed.The program, which was announced in a pre-budget report, is expected to cost the British government £50 million. The benefits, however, could be significant. If the majority of the estimated 125,000 eligible homes participate, the program could "help households cut their energy bills, reduce CO2 emissions and support thousands of jobs."
Energy Secretary Ed Miliband commented that the "announcement will slash household energy bills and carbon emissions while providing an important boost for the British heating industry."
Some climate change activists in England, however, are arguing that this plan is not extensive enough. Dave Timms, a campaigner for Friends of the Earth, commented that "the boiler scrappage scheme is a welcome initiative but pathetically small...it will only reach 125,000 households when the UK has over 4m inefficient G-rated boilers." He went on to say that:
A comprehensive programme to slash energy waste and fit renewable energy systems is desperately needed to tackle climate change, end fuel poverty and create thousands of green jobs.
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