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Boiler grants call

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BOILER manufacturers are lobbying the Government to give grants to householders who wish to replace inefficient domestic water heaters.

Industry body the Construction Products Association has urged Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown to consider giving £500 handouts to home owners in an effort to increase the number of energy-efficient condensing boilers in use.

In a letter to the Chancellor, association president Roy Harrison claimed the move would help put the Government back on track to meet its carbon emission targets.

He said: 'There are over 3.5 million open flue gas boilers over 10 years old in service in British homes.

On average these boilers produce 75 per cent more carbon emissions than condensing boilers.' Mr Harrison claimed the net cost to the Treasury would be an average of £130 million a year over the next f ive years.