Double Glazing Grants

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Double glazing can save you £155 on your energy bills

You may be able to get thousands of pounds to put towards new windows

Fill in the form above to receive bespoke double glazing quotes


Double glazing was one of the best inventions of the 20th century.

To this day, it makes your home more secure, while keeping the sound out and the heat in – to the extent that it can save up to £155 per year on your energy bills.

Double glazing can also boost a property’s value by as much as 10%. That means you may be missing out on thousands of pounds.

These clear advantages of double glazing are reflected in its rise in popularity. A massive 80% of homes had double glazing in 2013, up from 51% in 2001, according to government statistics.

However, an overhaul like this can be expensive for many homeowners. 

After all, double glazing costs £640 per window, on average, with professional installation adding another £250. If scaffolding is needed, that’ll cost extra – and the price goes up the higher the scaffolding goes.

Thankfully, there are ways to bring this price down – depending on where you live.

If you don’t qualify for any double glazing grants, but still want to get the best price for your new windows, just fill in this form to receive quotes from local experts.

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Can you get double glazing government grants in 2020?

Unfortunately, the UK government’s Green Deal has ended. Truly, nothing gold can stay.

Homeowners were able to receive government grants for energy-efficient double glazing under the Green Deal, which also offered a host of other environmentally friendly improvements to amenities including water, heating, and insulation.

But the £394 million scheme was scrapped in 2015 after just 14,000 households signed up, according to The Guardian.

What are your options now the Green Deal has ended?

The Green Deal is over, and that severely limits the number of people who can qualify for double glazing grants – but never fear.

Depending on your location, your situation, and the generosity of your local authority, you may still be able to get free or subsidised double glazing from one of the following programmes.

And if not, there are many other schemes which can help you to live a warmer, cheaper, more energy-efficient life, which we also delve into below.

Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS)

If you live in Scotland, you might be able to get a double glazing government grant.

HEEPS was launched by the Scottish government in 2013, to help homeowners in a variety of ways.

One of these programmes is a loan scheme that provides owners and landlords with as much as £15,000 per property, interest-free.

These loans can be spent on double glazing, as well as insulation and new boilers.

Did You Know?

77% of homeowners would pay more for a property with new double-glazed windows, according to an Eco Experts survey of 775 UK homeowners.

HEEPS helped more households in 2017/18 – around 15,500 – than the UK government’s Green Deal assisted in its entire run.

In total, 27,734 energy efficiency measures were put in place in 2017/18, according to the Scottish government – at a cost of £116.85m.

Just over two-thirds of those improvements came in the form of insulation, while the rest were in heating.

Housing Aid for Older People Scheme

For all you Irish readers, this government programme may be your ticket to a double glazing grant.

The Housing Aid for Older People Scheme is aimed at people in the country who are 66 or older, and living in substandard housing conditions.

However, if you’re staying in dangerously inferior accommodation, your local authority may offer you help even if you’re under 66.

Your grant can cover any or all of the following:

  • Repaired or replaced windows and doors
  • Structural improvements
  • Dry-lining
  • The provision of water and waste management services
  • Heating
  • Cleaning
  • Painting
  • The reduction of radon levels
  • Rewiring

This isn’t an exhaustive list, either. If more work is considered necessary to get your home up to the standard you deserve, you could enjoy further benefits.

The highest grant handed out under the scheme is €8,000 (£6,700), which can cover as much as 95% of the cost of improvements made to your home.

You can claim the 95% grant if you have an annual household income under €30,000 (£25,140).

That percentage figure declines if you and the people you live with earn more, all the way down to 30% for households with an annual income of €50,001 to €60,000 (£41,930 to £50,310).

Energy Company Obligation (ECO3)

Unfortunately, if you live in England, you’ll struggle to find a double glazing grant.

However, there are other options. If you simply want to make your home warmer and better insulated – two of the main benefits of double glazing – then you should check whether you qualify for the Energy Companies Obligation scheme (ECO).

Since the government started ECO in 2013, companies all over the UK have been legally obligated to supply low-income homes with heat-saving methods, including free boilers and free wall and loft insulation.

If a company is large enough, it is compelled to install the equivalent of up to 35,000 heating systems per year, and has to ensure that 15% of the households it helps are in rural areas.

None of these replacement boilers can use coal – the most polluting fossil fuel – and because of this focus on the climate, ECO has so far reduced carbon emissions in more than 850,000 homes.

But if double glazing is your priority, you can just complete this form to receive quotes from specialists in your area.

Welsh Government Warm Homes Nest Scheme

Wales’ government doesn’t currently offer double glazing grants either – but again, you can get help with other home improvements which will keep you happy and warm.

Created in 2011, Nest has assisted more than 33,600 Welsh households in installing energy-efficient home measures, according to government statistics.

In 2017/18 alone, the scheme provided support to 4,600 homes, by helping people to afford new boilers, central heating systems, and insulation.

You may be eligible for Nest if:

  • You’re a homeowner, or you rent from a private landlord
  • Your home wastes energy and is unnecessarily expensive to heat
  • Someone in your household receives a means-tested benefit
  • A member of your household has a chronic respiratory, circulatory, or mental health condition, and a low income

The means-tested benefits which qualify are:

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Council Tax Reduction
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Working Tax Credit

Summary

While the Green Deal may have ended, there are many ways to improve your home, and even to get new double glazing. If you don’t live in Scotland or Ireland, just contact your local housing authority to see what they can do for you.

There are also numerous other schemes and grants to help people with serious health conditions or disabilities, those of advancing years, or those who are in immediate need of repairs.

If you don’t qualify for any of these grants, simply complete this form to receive bespoke quotes from local double glazing professionals.

Josh Jackman Writer

Josh is The Eco Experts’ main man for home security, smart devices, and boilers. If it can make your life better and help the environment, he’s on it.