Central Heating - Gas
Homeowners should be able to work out if they have a G-rated boiler eligible for the new scrappage scheme relatively easily.
The government recently announced details of the boiler scrappage scheme, which will allow 125,000 households to receive a £400 grant towards the cost of replacing a G-rated boiler with an energy-efficient A-rated model or with microgeneration technology.
According to boilermaker Baxi, finding out what a boiler's rating is should be a straightforward task.
It suggested that the first thing people should do is look for the boiler identifier a unique number which may be contained in the original instruction booklet or on the boiler's casing.
People who are unable to find the boiler identifier should ask a Gas Safe-registered professional to take a look, rather than attempting to dismantle the boiler themselves.
Once the identifier has been located, homeowners should contact the manufacturer to discover whether the boiler is G-rated and eligible for the scrappage scheme.
Baxi recommended that anyone who has a boiler which was installed before 2005 should check to see whether it is G-rated or not.
The government hopes the boiler scrappage scheme will reduce domestic carbon emissions by 140,000 tons a year, as well as helping to create work for Gas Safe-registered installers across the country.
By Claire Johnson