Viessmann ‘surprise’ over boiler scrappage scheme
Published:  16 December, 2009

TELFORD: Viessmann has welcomed the Government’s plans to introduce a boiler scrappage scheme, but believes it has come as a surprise.

Christian Engelke, technical director at of the company, commented: “We are adding our voice to the growing number of people within the heating industry that fully support the boiler scrappage scheme. Any measures that can help drive up the efficiency of the UK’s housing stock and lower homeowners heating bills by up to 25% each year can only be good news.

“But, has come as a a surprise. In the car industry for example, the scrappage scheme was introduced to help drive dying new car registration sales during the recession, which it has successfully done.

“However, the total domestic gas boiler market has been fairly resistant to the economic downturn, only dropping by 5%.

“is this investment from the Government fair in the whole sense of the economy or could it be used more wisely when the boiler market is more stable?”

“While details of how the scheme will be implemented are still unclear, the scrappage scheme is encouraging for everyone involved in our sector.

“It will also help homeowners focus onto the urgency of the climate agenda, making them realise that changing their old inefficient boiler with a more efficient system can save them a considerable amount of money in energy bills and help the environment.”

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