Following the launch of the boiler scrappage scheme in England last month, the Welsh Assembly Government has announced plans for a similar scheme in Wales, beginning on April 1.
From this date over 60s living in Wales with inefficient G-rated boilers will be eligible to apply for a £500 voucher towards the cost of replacing their old boiler with a new A-rated one.
The Welsh Assembly Government has allocated £2.5million to the scheme and are targeting the over 60s as they are thought to be more vulnerable to fuel poverty.
Welsh Environment, Sustainability and Housing Minister Jane Davidson said: We have allocated £2.5million to the boiler scrappage scheme for 2010/11 and expect up to 5,000 Welsh households to benefit from a significant improvement in the energy performance of their heating systems as a result.
The news that the scheme will now be available in Wales has been welcomed.
The Energy Savings Trust, the organisation responsible for issuing vouchers for the English boiler scrappage scheme, said: Boilers account for around 60% of the carbon dioxide emissions in gas heated homes.
By replacing an old G rated boiler with a new high efficiency condensing boiler and improving your heating controls, you will significantly cut your homes carbon dioxide emissions and could save as much as £235 a year.
However, some groups feel that the scheme in Wales should be open to more groups than just the over 60s.
National Energy Action Wales director Nuria Zolle said: The focus of the Welsh Boiler Scrappage Scheme on some of those most likely to be affected by a cold home older people is very welcome.
However, we are disappointed that other vulnerable groups such as families and people with chronic illness, will not be able to benefit and that only those older people able to afford the difference between the £500 grant and full cost of a new boiler will be able to make use of the scheme.
The scheme will officially open for applications on April 1 and more details on how to apply are expected to be released next month.