Double Glazing Grants: Are They Available in 2020?
On 8th July 2020, the government announced that Green Homes Grants will be available from September 2020. The scheme will offer vouchers of up to £5,000 to homeowners (up to £10,000 for the poorest households) to enable them to make energy-saving improvements to their home. Double glazing grants are included in the scheme as a secondary measure, but only available when you apply for a primary measure, e.g. installing insulation or renewable heating.
Full details of the scheme are yet to be confirmed, and these grants are NOT YET AVAILABLE, but we will update this article when more details are confirmed.
In this guide, we’ve outlined the schemes and eligibility requirements available to anyone looking to upgrade their windows with double glazing – including alternatives to double glazing grants.
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Green Homes Grants
On 8th July 2020, the government announced that from September 2020, homeowners in England will be offered vouchers of up to £5,000 to carry out energy-saving improvements to their home.
The government will be giving out up to £2 billion worth of vouchers called Green Homes Grants in one year. The vouchers will cover up to £5,000 of the cost of installing various types of insulation, a heat pump or solar thermal panels, with up to £10,000 available for the poorest households.
While details of the scheme are yet to be confirmed, it is expected that Green Homes Grants will pay for at least two-thirds of the cost of installing insulation or renewable heating. If you take out a grant for one of these primary home improvements, you can also apply for a grant for:
Other measures which are covered by the secondary grant include draught proofing, heating controls and hot water tank insulation.
The value of the secondary windows grant you receive cannot be higher than the value of the primary grant.
When the approved installer has provided a quote and the work has been approved, the Green Homes Grant voucher would be issued.
The scheme is intended to help homeowners to reduce their heating bills and carbon emissions through improved insulation, i.e. reduced heat loss. The scheme should launch in September 2020 with an online application process and is due to close in March 2021.
Green Deal Grant No Longer Available
The Green Deal was the biggest support grant available for anyone looking to install double glazing, however the scheme was closed in 2015. This was a government funded initiative that entitled homeowners to loans of up to £7,600.
These loans were paid back via the savings being made on the quarterly energy bill, effectively making the double glazing installation ‘free’.
Now that the scheme has closed, and won’t be making a reappearance, any homeowners looking for support with financing double glazing need to look elsewhere. To make things easier for you, we’ve done the research to help you find a scheme that works for you and your home.
Are Any Double Glazing Grants Available in 2020?
Despite the government not offering homeowners any grants to fund double glazing installation, there are some schemes offering grants or loans that you might be eligible to receive.
Unless you’re a pensioner, have a disability or receive certain benefits, then it’s unlikely that you’ll be eligible for any of the below schemes but you could still apply for a home improvement grant through your local authority.
Home Repair Assistance Grant
Under the Home Repair Assistance Grant you could be entitled to a £5,000 grant spread over the course of 3 years. To be eligible, you must meet one of the following criteria:
- 60 years of age or older;
- 18 or older and be in receipt of Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit, Pension Credit or Working Tax Credit;
- 18 or older and have a disability or receive the Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance or the Long Term Incapacity Benefit.
Care & Repair
The Care & Repair scheme is there for people aged 60 or older living in a property with broken or damaged windows that are having an impact on the home’s warmth.
Housing Aid for Older People Scheme
This scheme is for anyone over 66 years of age, considered to have poor living conditions such as having broken or damaged windows that make it difficult to live in the property. A ‘means test’ will have to be carried out on the property to find out if you meet the eligibility requirements.
If you’re eligible for the scheme, then you could receive a payment of up to £8,000 that can go towards new double-glazing windows.
|Income||Maximum Payment Available|
|Less than £30,000||£8,000|
|£30,000 – £35,000||£6,800|
|£35,000 – £40,000||£6,000|
|£40,000 – £50,000||£4,000|
|£50,000 – £60,000||£2,400|
|More than £60,000||Not available|
Grants for Home Improvements
Local authorities are able to provide support for a variety of home improvement cases. Grants or loans are available to help with improving or repairing your home, which could incorporate double glazing should there be an issue with your current windows.
Each local authority will has their own application process and eligibility requirements so it’s important to contact them directly for more information.
What is double glazing?
With so much interest in double glazing grants, it’s worth knowing exactly what they are and how they work. Double glazing simply means that instead of a single pane of glass, the window has two. These panes have a gas in between them, commonly argon, so they aren’t touching. While this might sound fairly straightforward, the two panes of glass and gaseous are between them makes double glazing windows a much more
What are the Benefits of Double Glazing?
Replacing your single glazed windows with double glazing has almost countless benefits to your home:
- Extra layer of insulation
- Less heat escapes the home
- Lower energy bills
- Keep home cool during the summer
- Increased security
- Less chance of mould and damp
- Noise reduction.
How Much Does Double Glazing Cost?
When looking for double glazing, there are several factors that will have an impact on the total cost, from the framing material, size of the window and the installer carrying out the work.
Below are the potential costs for casement windows of varying sizes, before installation.
Long Term Energy Bill Savings of Double Glazing
When considering double glazing, it’s important to not only look at the upfront costs but also the possible long term savings thanks to their high levels of energy efficiency. According to the Energy Saving Trust, it’s possible for detached homes to save as much as £160 each year by simply replacing single glazing with double glazing.
An alternative to having your single glazed windows replaced by new double glazing windows would be to add a second pane of glass – known as secondary glazing. Secondary glazing is a less expensive alternative to double glazing but could still help to improve the efficiency of your home.
Saving Money on Double Glazing Installation
If those potential annual savings have convinced you to replace your single glazing with double glazing then it’s important to get quotes from multiple window installers before going any further. This will allow you to compare offers and decide which is best for your budget and your home, rather than only getting the one quote.
Using our simple online form, let us know the type of work you require and we’ll put you in touch with up to 3 trusted window installers based in your area. Each will provide a free quote for you to them compare. Get your free double glazing installation grants today.
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