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Still time to trade in old boiler for younger model

Already 54,758 vouchers have been snapped up.

All the major energy companies which sell and install boilers (British Gas, E.On, npower and Scottish & Southern) have now matched the offer, giving householders potentially £800 off the cost of a new efficient boiler. Some manufacturing companies are also offering deals.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband said: "The Boiler Scrappage scheme has proved incredibly popular and with energy companies and manufacturers offering deals as well, the Government scheme has truly kick-started a national programme of boiler replacement. The scheme is helping householders to save around £200 a year off fuel bills and reduce emissions while helping to sustain work for the 130,000 installers and up to 25 UK-based boiler manufacturers throughout the economic recovery."

The Energy Saving Trust (EST), which is running the scheme on behalf of Government, is receiving on average 5000 inquiries per day to its 14 call centres across England. In the first few days after the launch, EST dealt with 24,000 calls per day – 10 times more than usual.

Fraser Winterbottom from EST said: "We’re extremely pleased with the public’s response to this scheme. Since the scrappage offer was launched the phones have been ringing off the hook, and our call centres have been working hard to process the applications."

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