Property owners may find that the government's boiler scrappage scheme is insufficient, according to Blane Judd, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE).

The scheme was revealed in the chancellor's pre-budget report and aims to replace boilers in 125,000 properties with new models.

According to Alistair Darling, each inefficient boiler adds more than £200 to household bills and pollutes the atmosphere with one tonne of carbon per year.

Despite welcoming any incentives on energy efficiency, the institute believes it is not enough, claimed Mr Judd.

Boilers will be replaced under a similar system to the car scrappage scheme, with a cashback allowance when property owners upgrade.

Mr Judd said: "Without issuing advice on the correct sizing of the boiler, installation of proper controls and the importance of regular maintenance to help reduce energy consumption, little will be achieved."

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders reported in September that the car scrappage scheme had seen the registration of 181,117 cars since its start and was successfully boosting sales.

Written by Claire DoyleADNFCR-2002-ID-19508519-ADNFCR

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