Heating bills account for around 60% of our home’s fuel expenses. Unfortunately, much of this heat can be lost through the walls, door, roof and even windows. There are many ways to counter heat loss in the home, and with windows the optimal measure is double glazing.
Replacement windows are an excellent way to improve home energy efficiency and means heat can be retained in the property because of an inert gas spacer between two panes of glass.The basic principle is, the more heat that’s retained, the more you’ll save on energy bills.
What Double Glazing Grants are Available?
If you’re considering replacement windows but don’t want to spend too much on an installation, there are some double glazing grants and loan schemes you may be entitled to.
- The Green Deal scheme
The Green Deal is the Government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme, with the aim to improve the efficiency of millions of homes across the UK with measures such as loft lagging, wall cavity insulation and double glazing. In fact, the Government will even provide loans up to £10,000 to help support the installation costs.
The intention is for the loan to be repaid with the money saved on home energy bills. However, with interest payments added onto the loan, many homeowners have distanced themselves from the scheme entirely.
Properties will be assessed individually to determine how much energy can be saved and the best measures to do this. The loan will then be tied against the property and could be a potential pitfall when it comes to selling in the future.
Plus, a double glazing installation may not be as expensive as you’d think so rather than being trapped in a 10-year loan deal, consider investing yourself and see all the benefits of improved efficiency.
For the best replacement windows prices in your area, the best thing to do is compare quotes from vetted and reputable professionals.
- The Warm Front Grant
Another Government run scheme to tackle inefficient homes and those struggling with energy bills is the Warm Front. In particular, the elderly and people on a low income stand to benefit most from the scheme.
There are a range of property improvements included in the scheme, as well as new replacement windows. Insulation and heating improvements are supported with grants up to £3,500 and this jumps up to £6,000 for oil-heated homes.
- Warm Front eligibility
If you’re considering double glazing, then see if you’d be eligible for a double glazing grant to support the installation. Eligible participants include:
- Those receiving benefits for disability, income or tax and housing
- Those who are pregnant
- Parents or guardians supporting a child under 16
- Elderly aged 60-years or older
There are some exceptions to these criteria, so you could be accepted onto the scheme even if you fail to meet at least one of the above. After applying to the scheme for a double glazing grant your home and situation will be assessed to find out if you’re eligible for a grant.
Facts & Figures You’ll Love To Share
- Replacing your inefficient windows with double glazing will help you save up to £200 a year on expensive household bills.
- Installing double glazing is an environmentally friendly option, slashing carbon by 680kg annually.
- As well as a monetary saving, double glazing will cut condensation and reduce noise pollution.
- Switching your old windows will boost your property’s EPC rating and make your home a more attractive buy in the market.
- For homes in Conservation Areas, consider secondary glazing to make energy savings when double glazing isn’t permitted.
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