Can You Get Double Glazing Grants in 2020?

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You can no longer get double glazing grants from the Government

But companies offer finance options to make double glazing more affordable

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Double glazed windows are quickly becoming a necessity for the average household. Not only do they keep your home cosy in the winter months, but they also barricade any unwanted outside noise, protect you from intruders, and help shrink your carbon footprint. Unfortunately, they can also cost enough to bring a tear to your eye.

For some, however, forking out the big bucks isn’t such an issue – thanks to a handful of government or company grants. But which grants are available and – more importantly – are you eligible?

This article will cover which different grants are currently available in the UK and who is eligible for them. If you’re not able to get a grant, one way you can shrink the cost of your windows is to compare quotes on the market. You can compare different quotes by filling in our details form. Once you’ve completed this, our professional suppliers will be in contact shortly.

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Why you can’t get government grants for double glazing in 2020

Until July 2015, homeowners were able to apply for a grant known as the ‘Green Deal’. This initiative was designed to encourage people to make energy-saving improvements to their home, including installing double glazing.

The government provided funding to cover the cost of installation, meaning homeowners paid nothing upfront for their double glazing. Homeowners then paid back the cost of installation over several years using the savings they made on their energy bills.

However, the Green Deal scheme was scrapped due to a lack of interest from homeowners, with only 15,000 houses signing up for the grant over three years. This was largely due to the high-interest rates that were attached to the repayments, which made the grant very unpopular.

No scheme has yet replaced the Green Deal, and the government have not announced their intentions to put a new grant in place to help homeowners install double glazing.


What are your options now the Green Deal has ended?

It’s not all bad news. Although the Green Deal is no longer available, there are other options you can welcome with open arms (if you’re eligible, that is)

Energy Company Obligation (ECO)

This scheme provides grants to a small number of homeowners to enable them to make energy efficient changes to their home, such as installing a new boiler or internal wall insulation.

The ECO scheme does not specifically offer grants for double glazing, but homeowners are sometimes able to put some of the money they receive for other home improvements towards installing double glazed windows. This is usually only for those who live in older properties with single glazing.

Who is elibable for it? – Recipients of the grant need to be on a low income and/or receive benefits from the Government.

Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS)

This interest free Government loan provides homeowners with up to £4,500 to install new double glazing into their home.

Who is eligable for it? – This loan is only available to those switching from single glazing to double glazing however, and not for those looking to replace their current double glazing. You must also be on a low income and/or receiving benefits from the Government to qualify for a HEEPS grant.

Welsh Government Warm Homes Nest Scheme

The scheme offers householders a range of free advice and support to help them reduce their energy bills. For those who are eligible, a package of free home energy efficiency improvements, such as a new boiler, central heating or insulation are also available.

Who is eligable for it? – If you own or privately rent your home, and you or someone you live with receives a means tested benefit, you may be eligible for home improvements at no cost.
Did You Know?

From a survey we conducted in May 2018 of 775 homeowners who’d had new double glazing installed in the last two years, two in three paid less than £4,000 for their double glazed windows.

If you’re not eligible for government grants, you will have to finance your double glazing yourself. But don’t fear: double glazed windows aren’t as expensive as you think. To get an estimate of how much it would cost to install new double glazed windows in your home, visit our free and easy-to-use window cost calculator.


Cheap double glazing

Many double glazing installation companies offer competitively priced finance schemes that allow you to spread the cost of your double glazing over several years. This can help to make double glazing much more affordable.

Leading window companies such as Anglian, Everest and Safestyle offer finance agreements over 12 to 120 months. Below is a representative example of an interest-free finance option offered by Safestyle:

Total Cost of Double Glazing
Deposit Amount
Finance Period
Interest Rate
Monthly Repayment Amount
Total Repayment Amount
£3,000
£990
36 months
0%
£55.83
£3,000

If you are on a budget, some window companies also have flash sales or discounts on their double glazing which can save you a lot of money. However, it can be difficult to know when these come and go. Signing up to a company’s newsletter or mailing list is a good way to find out when these special offers are running.

Alternatively, you can get in contact with your suppliers. All you have to do is answer a few simple questions to receive quotes from trusted professionals.


How much can you save with double glazing?

Installing new double glazing can cut your spend on monthly energy bills, saving you a significant amount of money every year. By reducing the amount of heat that escapes from your property, double glazed windows effectively keep your home warmer, reducing your reliance on central heating.

The exact amount of money that double glazed windows can save you will depend on a variety of factors including how much energy your household uses and the energy efficiency of your new windows. It is estimated however, that properties with single glazing that install new double glazing with an energy efficiency rating of A+ can save up to £110 on their energy bills each year.

With energy prices set to raise rise by roughly an extra £117 a year, now is the best time to install new double glazing in order to benefit from these cost savings.

The table* below shows you how much double glazed windows can cut your annual spend on energy bills in different sized properties, based on the energy efficiency rating of the windows:

Energy Efficiency
Detached
Semi-Detached
Terrace
Bungalow
Flat
A+
£110
£80
£60
£60
£35
A
£105
£75
£55
£55
£35
B
£100
£70
£50
£50
£30
C
£100
£70
£50
£50
£30

*Calculated by the Energy Saving Trust and based on gas-heated houses.


Is double glazing worth it?

Yes! The savings you can make on your energy bills is just one of the benefits that you can enjoy by installing double glazing. Other benefits include:

Your house will feel warmer with fewer draughts and cold spots, particularly in the cold winter months.

Your home will feel quiet, as double glazed windows block out more noise from outside.

There will be less unwanted condensation build-up on the inside of your windows.

Your property will be more secure, since double glazing is tough and hard to break.

Double glazing will increase the overall value of your property.

77% of homeowners we surveyed would pay more for a property with new double glazed windows*
*Based on a survey we conducted in May 2018 of 775 UK homeowners who’d had double glazed windows installed in the last 2 years.


Next steps

Installing double glazed windows is a worthwhile investment and one of the simplest ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home. If you’re eligable for a company grant, this will make the whole process much easier on the purse strings.

If you’re not eligible for a grant and are finding yourself stuck for money fill in this form to receive quotes from our professional suppliers. Once you’ve filled out the form you can compare the best quotes and start your journey towards a life with better windows.

Jonathan Whiting

An eco hero with a head for numbers, Jon’s data visualisation skills are legendary. Whether it’s determining what countries will survive climate change or the animals most at risk from it, he has the planet’s best interests at heart.