External unit of a heat pump on the ground outside a UK house

Boiler Upgrade Scheme applications surge

The number of new applications for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme surged after the grant increased in October to £7,500 from £5,000, says the government.

New applications in the first week after the grant uplift reached 1,150 – more than three times more than the average weekly rate before the change. In the following three weeks, new applications remained nearly 60 per cent higher than the previous weekly average.

The scheme is available in England and Wales. Energy Security Secretary Claire Coutinho said: “[The] new figures show our pragmatic approach to net zero is working. We are supporting hard-working families who want to make the switch and replace their boiler in a way that’s within their budgets.”

The government has also confirmed that its proposals for a new Clean Heat Market Mechanism will go ahead in 2024.

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