Tenants and property owners could see reduced energy bills as the boiler scrappage scheme is introduced today (January 5th).

Prime minister Gordon Brown and energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband have launched the scheme, which aims to upgrade household heating systems.

Those properties which contain G-rated boilers are eligible to apply for a £400 voucher if they wish to purchase a new A-rated system.

According to the government, 130,000 installers of the devices will gain work through the scheme and a typical energy bill for one house could be cut by £35 per year to £200.

Mr Brown said: "Today's announcement will slash household energy bills and carbon emissions while providing an important boost for the British heating industry."

He added that it shows his government's commitment to investing in the country's industries and jobs.

But in December last year, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering Blane Judd said the scheme on its own was "not enough".

Advice on installation, maintenance and sizing of new boilers must accompany the government's plans, Mr Judd claimed.

Written by John WeeksADNFCR-2002-ID-19540946-ADNFCR

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