Double Glazing Grants
The government’s green deal grant scheme ended in July 2015 after poor take up due to high interest rates and contract issues.
Most homeowners felt it was better to self-finance their double glazing as this would deliver a higher return on investment.
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Are there Any Government Grants for Double Glazing?
Until July 2015, homeowners and landlords were eligible to apply for a grant called The Green Deal. This allowed companies to use government funding to cover the cost of upfront installation of energy efficiency measures such as double glazing. The consumer could then pay back these costs through the savings made on their energy bills.
The Green Deal was scrapped due to lack of interest from homeowners with only 15,000 houses signing up over three years. It received criticism due to its high interest rates. Many window companies offer more competitive finance options, such as interest free repayment plans.
The Green Deal also received criticism due its condition that new homeowners would inherit a Green Deal when taking over the property. This meant the new homeowners who had not signed the original contract would be unable to get compensation if the window installation was found to be faulty and needed repairing or replacing.
No scheme has yet replaced The Green Deal and the government have not announced their intentions to put a new grant in place. This means that double glazing is financed by the homeowner and incentivised by the financial benefits this added insulation can offer.
If you live in Scotland you should double check with local authorities whether you are eligible for a Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS) grant. These are usually offered to the elderly or those in vulnerable positions.
What are your Options now the Green Deal has Ended?
Investing in double glazing for your home will bring long term saving advantages in addition to the noise and comfort benefits.
Many can recognise the value in this improvement despite the discontinuation of The Green Deal. It failed because homeowners realised that it did not give them the best return on investment in energy efficiency due to high interest rates.
The vast majority of homeowners self-financed their double glazing, or worked it into their mortgage, even when the Green Deal was available.
If affording the installation of double glazing is not an option for you, many companies offer financing deals where you can spread the cost over monthly repayments.
The Eco Experts can help you find the right installer and finance deal for your individual situation. We only work with trusted installers and we will put you in contact with the best value double glazing fitters in your local area.
Can you Get Free Double Glazing?
Unfortunately free double glazing is not available although getting a competitive price is possible. The Eco Experts only work with trusted installers and we will put you in contact with the best value double glazing fitters in your local area.
Whilst there are currently no grants or free offers to install double glazing in your home, there are ways to stagger the cost through financial schemes where you can spread the cost over monthly repayments.
Safestyle, a leading window company, offer interest free repayment plans over 24 month and the option to spread payments over 36 - 120 months.
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How Much can you Save with Double Glazing?
How much you will save from your double glazing installation will depend on factors like how much energy your household uses and the energy efficiency rating of your home.
As a guidelines, properties with energy efficiency ratings of C and above could save between £50-£175 per year if they replace all of their single glazed windows with double glazed windows.
It’s worth noting that energy prices look set to continue rising over the coming years, with some predicting that they will rise 50% by 2019.
With double glazed windows your home will lose less heat, keeping your house warm and reducing these rising energy costs.
Is Double Glazing Worth It?
Whilst the savings on energy bills might feel like a longer-term benefit, there are also immediate advantages to installing double glazed and triple glazed windows.
Your house will feel more comfortable with less drafts and cold spots particularly in harsh winter months. There will be reduced levels of condensation build-up on the inside of windows. Your house will also be protected from outside noise which will add to the overall peace and quiet of your home.
Double glazing will also raise the overall value of your property if you plan to sell up before you see a return from smaller energy bills.
However, it will take some years before you will make your money back from savings in your energy bills. This will be a long-term investment.
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