Earlier this month, the government announced its Green Home Grants scheme, which will see £2 billion allocated to homeowners to help them make improvements to their properties that improve their energy efficiency.
Now that the details of what will and won’t be covered have been released, you could find out whether you can take advantage of the money being offered by the government.
As This Is Money pointed out though, there are a lot of catches to the scheme. For example, installing double glazing is covered, provided that you are replacing single glazing and you are also carrying out work to instal insulation or low-carbon heating at the same time.
The reason being that the government has divided the home improvements into two categories. Only insulation, low-carbon heating (like ground-source heat pumps) and solar thermal systems are included in the primary category.
Double glazing, along with the likes of draught proofing, upgrading to energy efficient doors and upgrading to more efficient heating controls, are all classed as secondary measures. This means you can only claim for one of them if you are also claiming for a primary measure to be carried out at the same time.
It’s also important to note that, for all but the poorest households, the government will only cover two-thirds of the cost of any work, up to a maximum of £5,000.
If you’re looking for ways to make your home more energy efficient, it’s certainly worth exploring whether you could claim for some of the cost of your double glazing in Gosport or energy efficient doors under the scheme.
As we recently pointed out, there are many reasons to look at your exterior doors and upgrade them in addition to energy efficiency. Security and improved accessibility are among them.