Households throughout the country have already started taking advantage of more than 540 million pounds over the past three years for home improvements that increase their home’s energy efficiency.
There are numerous ways a homeowner can improve energy efficiency within their house. Replacing an inefficient boiler, properly insulating the house, replacing the doors, and even installing double glazed windows are all available options.
When you’re looking at double glazing grants, the one that comes to mind now is called the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund. This is made available through the government as a way to inspire homeowners to make changes that would reduce their carbon footprint.
What funding schemes are available?
Each household is potentially eligible to receive up to £7,600 as a way to improve their home’s energy efficiency. For any homeowner who has recently moved into their new home within the past year, they may be eligible for £500 to make these type of changes.
The largest sums of funding will be provided to those homes that may be facing increased challenges to improve energy efficiency, such as low income households, homes with solid wall exteriors, and more.
There are also government funding schemes available through the Energy Companies Obligation, also known as ECO. This particular funding scheme is run through the energy suppliers and is more focused on low income households. However, through this particular scheme, almost any household may be eligible for government-backed grants and programs for free insulation, free boilers, and more.
What about double glazing grants?
Many people underestimate the impact that the windows and doors in their house can have on heating throughout the winter. In fact, more than 40 percent of a home’s heat and cool air is going to be lost through windows and doors with draughts. Double glazing helps to cut down on these draughts tremendously.
What is double glazing?
In order to appreciate the benefits of double glazing, it’s important to discuss exactly what it is. Most windows from about 100 years ago were considered single pane, or single glazed windows. These were windows that had one single pane of glass, whether it was a centimetre thick, less, or even thicker. As a result, cold air from outside penetrates through a single layer of glass much more easily than it would through two layers of glass.
Double glazing basically consists of two layers of glass with a space of air between them. That space between the two layers of glass would then be vacuum sealed to improve insulation. It can be vacuum sealed or sealed with argon or krypton gas.
Those gases help to create another barrier against the cold air outside.
If you want to see exactly the impact that double glazing can have when done properly, you need only increase the temperature differential between the interior portion of your house and what’s outside. If you have single pane glass anywhere on your property, after an hour of this significant temperature differential, place your hand on the glass. You will likely feel just how cold the glass is. While you can’t see it, that cold air is not just sitting on the glass, but pressing through into the house. That cold air is then pushing hot air out through other draughts.
Next, if you’re at a property that has high quality double glazed windows, do the same thing. Place your hand on the glass and you’ll notice that it’s not nearly as cold. In fact, with a high quality window that is sealed with argon or krypton gas, you may feel the glass as being close to room temperature.
That means cold air is not pushing in and reducing the temperature inside.
Now, as for government grants for double glazing, through the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, you may qualify for reimbursements if you replace the windows in your home with approved double glazed windows that are highly energy efficient.
How to find out about the Green Deal for double glazing.
If this is something that interests you, you need to get a Green Deal Assessment. In order to do this, an expert will need to come out your property and inspect it. They will make certain recommendations about energy efficiency and measures you can take that will improve it. Once you have this assessment in hand, you can then sit down with an assessor to determine whether you qualify for a Green Deal or if you may be eligible for the ECO funding scheme.
What if you don’t qualify for double glazing grants?
What you’ll discover with this particular assessment is where energy is being lost in your home. You could actually find out that your walls are not properly insulated, that the windows are not as efficient as they could be, or even that your boiler needs to be updated and improved for efficiency.
If any of those things can be done, make the right investment and get it done now. You can save hundreds of pounds every year on your energy expenses. Not only that, you would be taking great strides at helping to protect the environment around you.