Monday, 12 October 2009

Reheat Britain - sign the Number 10 petition for a boiler scrappage scheme

I got an email letting me know about this petition a while ago. We've all heard and read a lot about the car scrappage scheme, being a government led initiative to boost UK car sales and encourage the purchase of more environmentally friendly cars and scrap the inefficient gas guzzlers.

Given that homes and transport are the biggies for consuming and wasting energy and heat, and emitting greenhouse gases, the petition to start a boiler scrappage scheme seems really sensible to me.

Quite frankly, we can't afford to replace our boiler and will only do so if it were to break down and not able or viable to be repaired.

If a scrappage scheme for old inefficient boilers were implemented, it would certainly be attractive to us as energy prices go up. To me, this seems like for minimal tax-payers investment, we will all save in the long run.

The petition owner states the following benefits for supporting this petition and scheme:

According to the 'Energy Saving Trust' if everyone in the UK with gas central heating installed a high efficiency condensing boiler, we would save enough energy to heat 3.4 million homes for a whole year and save around 13 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide. The householder could also save around a third on their heating bills.

The recently introduced Car Scrappage scheme has proved a success for the car industry, but a Boiler Scrappage Scheme, along the same lines, could be even more successful.

It would help the Government to achieve it's climate change targets, it would benefit boiler manufacturers, plumbers merchants and installers by stimulating demand and it would benefit the householder by saving them money.

This has gained some momentum with Sian Berry, Green London Mayor canditate in the last elections, beingthe campaign manager. She is getting the petition some much-needed publicity with TV coverage and a new website. She hopes to sign up some high-profile MPs to support the campaign.

To find out more, please visit the Reheat Britain site and click on the link to sign the Number 10 petition.

I've signed it.
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