One of the biggest problems facing homeowners in the UK is inefficiency. A lot of the heat you produce is being lost because of an inefficient home so it’s incredibly important to deal with the situation.
As much as £280 worth of heat is leaked from the home every year and much of this is because of inefficient windows.
In fact, it’s a startling statistic but 18% of all heat you pay for is lost through the windows. And with the national energy suppliers such as British Gas and Npower increasing their rates, this winter will be the most expensive ever for energy bills.
What does this mean? Now is the time to act and look for ways to reduce your own spending.
One worry homeowners have when it comes to replacing their windows is that they believe the project will be too expensive. But in reality, it can be a lot cheaper than you first thought and with the window scrappage scheme, this work has suddenly become even less pricey.
Some of the country’s major window companies are pushing the window scrappage scheme, which can offer up to £3,000 off your total quote, so if there was ever a time to replace your units, it’s now.
What’s important to know though is that this window scrappage scheme isn’t being provided by the Government. It’s privately funded by individual window companies. If you’ve been thinking about switching your windows for a while now, this scheme offers the perfect opportunity to do so.
But also remember never to rule out companies not providing a window scrappage scheme. Notably, the smaller, independently run window companies often provide a cheaper price for new windows compared to the nationwide firms.
Which?, who work as a consumer watchdog for homeowners around the country, say that it’s the smaller companies who often come up trumps in customer satisfaction. Their research shows top marks for quality, customer service, price and aftercare.
But before you rush to contact professionals for a quote, you should know the facts.
How will new windows save you money?
Single glazed windows simply aren’t efficient, so replacing like for like would be seemingly pointless. What’s important is to replace your windows with doubled glazed units.
These units are made from two panes of glass with a gas spacer. Inside the spacer is an efficient gas, often Argon. With this installed you can retain more heat in your home as it’s unable to escape the property. Therefore you won’t need to turn up the thermostat to keep warm.
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.