Will double glazing grants be available under Green Deal?
The Green Deal provides a finance mechanism to put new heating measures into your home. The so called ‘Golden Rule’ is that the savings of the measures installed must save you more money that the cost of putting them in. Double glazing is unlikely to stand up under its own right but combined with other measures like boiler upgrade and insulation you may get some or all of the double glazing costs approved under the scheme. Pre-register your interest in Green Deal here
Are there ANY Double Glazing Grants available?
Unfortunately the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) does not support double glazing grants. As explained above the Green Deal provides a financing option for some of the installation but there is no nationwide programme that is currently available. We are aware if some local authority grants and assistance for insulation measures which includes double glazing. This is normally means tested and you should check in with your local council to see if there is currently anything available
What are the benefits of double glazing?
There are many benefits associated with double glazing:
- Energy bill reductions. The energy Savings trust indicate that you may save up to £170 per your off of your energy bills
- The insulation effect of double glazing means a significant reduction of outside noise into your home.
- Heat retention will keep your home warmer
- Security is increased and becomes an additional barrier to burglars
If you would like to know more about the Green Deal scheme you can pre-register your interest here
Double Glazing Grants Make Good Common Sense
It’s intuitive that having more windows in your home, especially if they face south, is a way to let sunlight into your home. This allows you to make the most of the free heat and light provided by the sun. But what about on a cold, grey day or at night? With typical windows, a lot of that heat just goes out the window, quite literally. This heat even escapes if you use thermal curtains and close the windows.
What’s more, it isn’t just the heat from the sun that escapes from the window. The heat you’ve had to pay for also escapes, meaning that you’re paying pounds and pounds for something you don’t even use. If you opt not to turn the radiators up, then you have all the problems associated with a cold home: dampness, mould and poor health.
As well as closing windows and using thermal curtains, double glazing is a way of trapping the heat inside your home so it doesn’t escape through the window. This is a win-win situation: a double-glazed window allows you to maximise the free heat and light of the sun but keeps in the heat that comes from all sources.
Double glazing works by setting two panes of glass in a window frame with a small gap (about 1 cm wide) between the two panels. These panes of glass work rather like a cross between a glasshouse and a thermos flask, providing insulation for your home while still allowing sunlight through. What’s more, because double glazing usually requires a more up-to-date window frame, it also reduces draughts in your home.
The difference between a home with double glazing and a home without one is very noticeable. It’s not just because a home with double glazing is warmer. It’s also quieter, as the extra layer also muffles some of the noise coming in from the street.
Double glazing can be expensive, but thanks to the governments’ Affordable Warmth scheme, double glazing grants are available to fund this cost. Affordable Warmth is a government initiative designed to reduce the nation’s energy bills and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions at the same time. Double glazing grants are available to those receiving certain benefits, as well as those below a set income threshold. Other Affordable Warmth grants are also available to help fund the cost of improvements to make homes more energy-efficient, sometimes up to 100%. To find out if you meet the Affordable Warmth criteria for double glazing grants, please see our online application form today.