Grants for Energy-Efficient Windows: Fighting Back Against the Energy Crisis
At the height of the climate emergency, as it escalates to a global scale, we are now being faced with a localised energy crisis in the UK. It’s easy to feel lost under the waves of it all, but we are here to help take some of the load off and shine a light on a foreseeable way out.
With the right strategy, we can beat down the energy crisis on an individual level and, by doing so, do our part in lessening the climate emergency. The two go hand-in-hand, and by remedying one we soothe the other. But how?
Available UK Grants for Energy-Efficient Windows
Thankfully, we are not alone in the fight. The UK government, as well as local authorities and energy suppliers, all offer grants to support the public save energy and, in the long run, the planet. These grants can cover the cost of all sorts of things, including gas and electric bills and new boiler coverage. But you are here for window support. Let us start by going over some of the grants that are on offer across the UK:
- The Cost of Living Support Package: On the back of the green deal, all UK households will be receiving hundreds of pounds in support this year depending on their specific circumstances. The money is non-repayable and is there to offer a helping hand with little-to-no small print. Most will automatically receive a £400 grant this winter, as part of the scheme, with those on certain benefits receiving £650. In line with this, there will also be extra disability benefits, a council tax rebate, and winter fuel payments.
- The Warm Home Discount: This scheme puts pressure on large-scale suppliers to provide help to vulnerable people pay their energy bills. The 2021 scheme closed in October, but the scheme reopens for applicants in November 2022. Successful applicants will receive a £150 rebate that will be added to eligible electricity or gas bills. Those receiving pension credit or specific benefits will be the first to receive this help. To find out if you are eligible, contact your energy provider today.
- The National Energy Action Charity: The NEA is a national fuel poverty charity that works hard to make sure that households in the UK are warm and safe. If you are concerned or seeking advice on how to heat your home efficiently, or you are struggling to pay your energy bills, you can contact them today. Due to the current state of affairs, their lines are understandably busy, but their teams will be happy to help you.
- The Energy Company Obligation: The aptly-named ECO scheme has been put into place to offer grants and help to vulnerable people and those on income support. They can help with the cost of all sorts of things, including insulating your home, repairing faulty or in-efficient boilers, and installing better window and door solutions.
These are just a handful of the largest providers of grants and support in the UK but there are countless others, such as the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, the Local Authority Delivery Scheme, the Home Upgrade Grant, and the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund – each unique to certain local areas. This is why it is worth contacting your local council to find out which grants and schemes are available in your specific area. You never know what you could be missing out on.
Can I Get a Grant for My New Energy-Efficient Windows?
Installing energy-efficient windows in your home can go a long way to reducing both your carbon footprint and your bills every month. Of the grants listed above, ECO would be your best bet for covering the cost of new windows in your home, as long as your household is eligible. We should reiterate that there may be other offers specific to your area, so we recommend contacting your local councils to see what is out there near you, and whether or not you would be eligible to receive a grant for energy-efficient window installation.
How Much Money Will I Save With Energy-Efficient Windows?
With or without a grant for your energy-efficient windows, having them fitted in your home is guaranteed to save you money in the long run. At Sash Windows London, we offer homeowners some of the best and most energy-efficient windows on the market. They are specifically designed to keep your home warm and secure, by reducing heat loss and air leakage and providing reliable insulation all year round.
The Importance of Double-Glazing in Energy Efficiency
Installing double-glazed sash windows in your home can go a long way to improving your overall energy efficiency and carbon footprint. Windows with double-glazing are made up of two panes of glass, with the space between filled with (most often) argon gas. We have a rich selection of double-glazed sash windows available for delivery and inspiration across the UK. They are guaranteed to provide extra security to your home while reducing heat loss and sound pollution exponentially.
If you cannot afford to replace every single-glazed window in your home, you can instead opt for secondary glazing – where our team will come in and install a second pane of glass into your existing windows. This provides nearly all the same benefits as traditional double-glazing, but at a fraction of the cost.
Other Effective Ways of Making Your Home More Energy-Efficient
Though one of the most effective ways to improve your home’s energy rating, installing energy-efficient sash windows is just one of the various home improvements you can make. Alternative or additional energy-saving measures include proper loft insulation to reduce overhead heat loss, renewable energy (such as Solar PV) to power electricals, and renewable heat sources (such as heat pumps) to provide hot water more efficiently.
There is no end to the ways in which you can upgrade your home and reduce your household’s carbon footprint, and there is no better time to start the journey.
Find Grants for Energy-Efficient Windows in Your Area
Grants are a brilliant way to make energy-efficient solutions, like double-glazed windows, accessible to the masses. If you are interested to know more about what is available in your area, contact your local council or Citizens Advice. They should be able to provide you with information about grants and schemes you could be eligible for. You never know, your brand new sash windows could be on them!
Fitting out your home with our high-quality and energy-efficient windows is a positive investment for you and your home. Get in touch with us today and we can explore your options.