Monday, 29 November 2010

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Scrap your old boiler and save up to £800 on the cost of replacement, thanks to Leeds City council and npower

Hundreds of homes could be warmer and more energy efficient this winter, thanks to a scheme to consign old boilers to the scrapheap and give homeowners up to £800 to replace them with energy-efficient, eco-friendly ones.

The government’s national boiler scrappage scheme proved so popular earlier this year that the 125,000 vouchers, which offered a £400 rebate to replace an old boiler, were used up in just three months.

However, the Boiler Scrappage scheme from Leeds City Council and energy supplier npower gives selected private homeowners another chance to receive up to £800 to ditch their old inefficient ‘G-rated’ boilers and replace them with new ones. A modern, energy efficient ‘A’ rated boiler could save each household up to £225 a year on their fuel bills and cut their carbon emissions too.

Under the scheme, Leeds City Council would provide a grant worth £400, which npower could match, dependant on chosen boiler, to give a total discount of up to £800.

Gas Safe registered npower hometeam engineers would carry out all the installations and there may also be extra funding for the over 60s thanks to a Warmfront £300 voucher.

Councillor Tom Murray, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for environmental services, said:
“There’s no point throwing money away by keeping your old inefficient boiler, when there is help available to get it replaced.
“The national boiler replacement scheme proved so popular that I am delighted that we’ll be able to continue to offer this to local people who missed out.
“With savings of £225 a year on fuel costs and a big cut in each home’s carbon emissions, I’d urge people to get in touch and see if they qualify.”

Richard Cotton, Residential Marketing Manager, npower Energy Services said:
"With the cold winter weather already here this is a great opportunity for householders to replace an old, inefficient boiler with a modern one they can rely on over the coming months.
"With npower’s long history in this area we are delighted to be working with Leeds City Council to offer this scheme"

To find out if you qualify for the Leeds City Council Boiler Scrappage scheme call FREE on 0800 980 5972 and quote code B023P LCC. Lines are open.

For media enquiries please contact:
Michael Molcher, Leeds City Council (0113) 224 3937

Pioneer plaudit for council’s environmental efforts

Leeds City Council is one of a small group of public sector pioneers in striving to protect the planet according to the national agency for the environment.

More than 250 entries were received for the Environment Agency’s inaugural Environment Pioneer awards. They recognise the efforts of organisations who consistently go the extra mile to reduce their environmental impact. Leeds City Council was shortlisted in the best public sector organisation category.

The council was judged on how well it has reduced waste and carbon emissions, made best use of resources and transport and encouraged employees and residents to do their bit.

Judges heard about the efforts of the council’s volunteer energy guardians and Big Switch Off events. They were also told:
• how employees are benefiting from its bike to work scheme;
• how thousands of young people turned pedal power into pester power at Breeze on Tour this summer by getting their friends and family to be more environmentally friendly;
• and how well residents have embraced food waste collection trials in Rothwell.

The award ultimately went to One Planet Sutton, with LCC as a runner-up, but Cllr Tom Murray, Leeds City Council executive member for environmental services, was delighted that the council reached the shortlist.

Cllr Murray said:

“I think our staff involved in these activities should be rightly proud of their efforts. While winning awards is the icing on the cake, we take greater satisfaction from the fact that we are delivering results and improving our environmental performance.

“The vast array of projects highlighted at the awards shows that the business case for going green does stack up and that companies and organisations across the country are reaping the benefits.”

Details about the council’s overall environmental credentials can be found in the newly published environmental statement. The statement is the council’s green annual report and tracks the progress the council is making in areas like waste, transport and air quality. Download a copy of the report from the council’s website by clicking here annual environmental statement

Notes to editors:
The awards were launched to recognise those organisations who are leading the way on environmental performance; who are pioneering new ways to reduce emissions and pollution; who have introduced sustainable business practices and those who consistently go further than they are required to do by the law.
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For media enquiries please contact:
Donna Cox, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3335