Making the most of end times

 Posted by on 6 February 2012
Feb 062012
 

By Gary Hartley

And now the end is near

And so I face the final curtain

My friend I’ll say it clear

I’ll state my case of which I’m certain

They say that all good things come to an end. Indulge the cliché, not to mention the somewhat fatalist choice of headline.

There are, though, not so many endings that come with a call to arms: mostly ends are not seen coming, so you don’t get the chance to specifically petition people to make the most of the moment they’re in.

Enough rambling – we’ve got several good things ending soon, and we’d like to try and let as many people who might benefit know as possible.  Sinatra did put it best, so I guess it’s down to this blog to state the certain case for action.

First up, the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP). Around 4,000 vouchers have been claimed so far, and there’s more to go round before the last two months are up.

If comfort, warmth, spiralling bills or making your home more future-proof have been a concern, £300 off your bill for solar water heating to £1250 for a ground source heat pump, and biomass and air-source heat pumps in between might pique your interest – especially when we’re presently all being reminded of how cold our winter can be when it feels like it.

North of the border alone – sorry, everyone else – the boiler scrappage scheme is also still open, but it’s only on while the money’s still there. With a quarter of a million Scottish households having the least efficient types of boiler, it’s a good move – but obviously true success depends on people actually taking up the £400-a-boiler offer. Get in before the end creeps up on you.

If the heating’s creaking, the bills are rising and you’re already leaning towards change, this might be the thing to push you there. And if you’re a private landlord, you can get a voucher for every property you replace a boiler in – pretty logical really.

One thing we sadly can’t rave about the benefits of getting involved with is the LEAF scheme. The second round of community energy applications has now closed – but it could be said that this only serves to highlight the importance of getting in there sharpish. We’ll be announcing the successful bidders shortly; the first round success stories can be found here.

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