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Boiler Scrappage Scheme
comment_icon Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:55 pm  

The Government Boiler Scrappage Scheme was finally launched on 5th January 2010, enabling homeowners in England to receive a £400 discount towards the supply-and-fit of new A-rated boiler (or similar) when scrapping their old boiler unit. This is subject to the homeowner’s existing boiler meeting the criteria set out in the scheme.

The Boiler Scrappage Scheme is designed to encourage homeowners to upgrade the energy performance of their heating and hot water systems.

Imagine having an instant hot shower on a freezing January morning rather than waiting ages just for a miserable cold one? Or getting up to a lovely warm home rather than waiting hours just for your breath to disappear?

The majority of homeowners aren’t even aware of the age or condition of their boiler, yet the boiler is one of the most important installations in the home. More important than your worshipped TV! Fact!

In a home without an efficient boiler, water takes longer to heat up and rooms take longer to warm up. In fact, in many homes, the desired water and room temperatures are never achieved due to an old, inefficient and unserviced boiler. And another cold fact; you’ll pay far more to run your inefficient boiler to only achieve a lukewarm reception!

New efficient boilers cost you less to run, for the temperatures you want.

And finally, a new boiler is covered under the supplier’s guarantee. In far too many homes, the existing boiler is out-of-guarantee and costing you extra money!

Who Qualifies?

1) Homeowners living in an owned or privately rented home (i.e. tenants) in England.*
2) Have a working G-rated boiler, which is the main boiler used to heat the home. The exception is for homeowners (including tenants) over 60, where the boiler does not need to be in working order.
3) ONLY homeowners and landlords who privately own and rent residential properties (i.e. dwellings) are eligible to apply for 1 no. boiler scrappage voucher^.

Who Doesn’t Qualify?

1) Disappointingly, boiler installers and manufacturers, Local Authority registered social landlords, and housing associations are NOT eligible for the Boiler Scrappage Scheme.
2)* The Governments and Assemblies of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are now responsible for drawing up and implementing their own Boiler Scrappage Schemes. At present, none of these countries have committed to such a scheme. However, if this changes then Boiler Scrappage Scheme will publish any breaking news.
3) And it goes without saying, but just to confirm; those who do not satisfy the critieria under ‘Who Qualifies?’.
4) Any new boiler installation carried out before receipt of your applied-for boiler scrappage voucher will invalidate your application and you will therefore no longer be eligible to receive the £400 discount voucher. SO PLEASE BE PATIENT WHEN WAITING FOR YOUR VOUCHER.
5) Electric boilers are not eligible through the Boiler Scrappage Scheme.

A Word About G-rated Boilers

If your existing gas boiler has a pilot light permanently on, then there’s a good chance it is a G-rated boiler and therefore eligible for the 1 no. boiler scrappage voucher^. As a rule of thumb, you may well be eligible if  your existing boiler is gas-fired and over 15 years old.

…And Oil-Fired Boilers?

If your existing boiler is oil-fired and over 25 years old, then there’s a good chance you will also be eligible for 1 no. boiler scrappage voucher^.

I Can’t Tell The Type Of My Boiler! 

Don’t worry! In the first instance, please visit our SEDUK Boiler Database to see if your existing boiler make and model is listed. Or…

…Or Let An Approved Gas Installer Do The Leg Work!!

The Stuff You Need To Apply For A Boiler Scrappage Voucher

1) Your full name.
2) The address of the property you are claiming the 1 no. voucher for. 
3) The make and model of the existing boiler which is to be replaced and scrapped**. 
4) The company or trading name, address and contact details of the approved boiler installer who is to be instructed to carry out the agreed installation work.
5) The make and model of the proposed replacement boiler which is to be installed i.e. gas, biomass or similarily approved.
6) A written quotation from the approved boiler installer who will be instructed to carry out the agreed work.

** If you are having difficulty establishing the make or model or your existing boiler in order to determine whether it qualifies through the Government scheme, then it may be easier to convey all known details to an approved gas installer for their assessment.

Once you have collated all the above information you can either email these details to the Energy Saving Trust (EST); boilerscrappage@est.org.uk or contact their ACT ON CO2 advice line on 0800 512 012.

When Is My Boiler Scrappage Voucher Issued?

The £400 Government boiler scrappage vouchers are to be issued from 18 January 2010.

Subject to your application being approved, 1 no. voucher will be issued to you around 10 days after your application has been received. However, we would advise that due to the possible high level boiler scrappage applications in the first few months, this period may be longer than 10 days.

The Boiler scrappage voucher is valid for up to 12 weeks from the date of issue. If the voucher is not used within this period, then it will be cancelled and reallocated to a new applicant.

^Please note; There will only be ONE voucher per homeowner or property. However, if the voucher is allowed to expire, then it may be possible to apply for another subject funds being available.

When Do I Receive My £400 Discount?

You will be able to commence with your new boiler installation once you’ve received your Boiler Scrappage Voucher. You will need to pay for your new boiler and associated installation work before claiming back the £400 discount by sending the voucher and associated invoice to the Energy Saving Trust (EST). Your £400 discount payment should be issued within 25 working days of receipt of said voucher and associated invoice.

Any new boiler installation carried out before receipt of your applied for boiler scrappage voucher will invalidate your application and you will therefore no longer be eligible to receive the £400 discount voucher.

Which Boilers Can A Voucher Be Redeemed Against?

The Boiler Scrappage Vouchers can be redeemed against an A-rated or equivalent gas, oil or LPG boilers, or boilers with a Passive Flue Heat Recovery Device, Micro CHP units or Microgeneration Certification Scheme-registered biomass boilers and heat pumps. Solar Thermal is also eligible if combined with an eligible boiler replacement.

Please note; Electric boilers are NOT eligible through the Boiler Scrappage Scheme.

Which Installers Qualify?

The installation of your new gas or oil boiler MUST be carried out by a registered installer with a competent person’s scheme (i.e. GasSafe or OFTEC). The installation of any microgeneration technology MUST be carried out by an installer qualified through the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.

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Uk An Electrical Course Examined
comment_icon Posted on March 12, 2010 at 10:08 am  

The electric industry happens to be just one of the many sizeable elements associated with daily life in modern times. Much of our commercial infrastructure relies on the talent as well as knowledge among professional domestic electrical engineers. The bottom-line is, electric workers are used to install, regulate as well as test appliances and systems. The task has always been heavily dictated to by means of health and safety specifications. Around three percent of the UK's GNP is attributed to the utility industry. It could possibly be a really good idea to begin your electrician schooling straight away!

Domestic electricians working for commercial firms typically carry out a traditional forty hr work-week. Notwithstanding local economic fluctuations, the standard employee domestic electrical engineer throughout the UK in '09 earned around 26,000. Electrical engineers who operate for themselves, and also take on different domestic work, should bring in very much more than that, however their hours can be extended. Remaining self employed also suggests that there can be running costs to take into account, for that reason prices really have to indicate this.

Study programmes vary, however a in depth domestic study course should really equip anyone to pass your level 2 EAL Domestic Contractors test. Training will certainly involve installation, safety techniques, electrical circuitry and re-wiring around properties, together with circuit testing. Your training may enable you to qualify for Part P - currently a new legal necessity for any domestic electrician tradesmen. Electro-mechanical fitters should also obtain the City & Guilds Credential '17th Edition' IEE Cabling Regulations, hence one may anticipate preparation intended for this. You should plan retraining for the C&G 2392 qualification, which in-turn shows competency on preliminary testing together with verification, the C&G 2391 for the purpose of Inspection, Testing and Certification - and the C&G 2377 which addresses PAT testing.

The commercial trade bodies which provide the most regarded certifications have always been EAL along with C&G. National Vocational Qualifications may equally be carried out by proving professional experience within the market. By and large, this stretches learning to 36 - forty eight months. Older entrants ordinarily go through training systems within their own time using a partly distance-learning schedule. They generally focus their skills at domestic work, which means NVQs are certainly not essential. A variety of re-training tracks will be supplied through commercially aware institutions that could quickly produce sector-accepted certification. People start with secure, industry-legal electrical skills that they can quickly employ within houses anywhere.

A bunch of individuals choose to prepare for an electrical line of business in order to set up within business on their own. Without question, this is proving to be the road forwards for some. As the need for registered specialists persists within domestic homes, this particular plan ought to be recommended. It is equally far from strange for other trades-people to get a certain amount of electro-mechanical skills, in order to turbocharge their offer to clients. And, a number of people take electrical classes so they can securely fit a new kitchen in their home by way of example.

Any instruction could contain distance-learning work to carry out in your own home, and your work-shops plus tests in-centre. How soon you make it through the exact program is going to be up to you. Study will give you self confidence and also in due course success - seeing as you will never be stuck for a career with these in-demand certifications.

Exactly what sorts of skills might electrical engineers have to have? Electro-mechanical employment necessitates utilising plenty of diverse tools. Dexterity in addition to hand - eye co-ordination can be very important. Those that can perform methodically by means of a process do well as domestic electricians. Your schooling is going to give you the technical know-how, however you have to have the capacity to be able to solve problems as you go. Your sense of balance is required to be good, partnered with your colour vision and also general level of fitness. And at the end of the day, somebody planning to get started with their very own business has to be focused and determined.

Like with plumbing engineers and builders, electrical engineers will achieve a number of good recommendations - if ever their buyers consider they have completed a good job. Your training is going to get you up to the required level from a technical perspective, nevertheless you will also require good people-skills whenever dealing with your clientele.

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