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Can I Get A Grant For My Double Glazing?

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By : Sarah Wyattle    99 or more times read
With money tight for many households right now, expensive home improvements can seem out of reach, no matter how much more energy efficient they are in the long run. The good news is that grants for double glazing are available, although they will largely depend on your age, local authority and whether you claim benefits or are disabled.

A good place to start is with your local council. Many offer Home Repair Assistance Grants for home improvements, but be aware that these are usually restricted to those on means tested benefits such as Housing Benefit and Income Support.

Even then, it's traditionally been quite unlikely for councils to pay for double glazing, but it really does rest on the strength of your case. If you can prove that the work is the best option for your home – for example if your windows need replacing anyway or noise pollution is a real issue– then you're in with a good chance.

If you're letting out your property, things can be a little easier, especially if your tenant is on benefits or over 60. Again, you'll need to get in touch with your council to find out what's available – to find your local authority's details enter your postcode in the DirectGov website.

The Energy Saving Trust is another route, but again, the same criteria will usually apply. If saving energy is a priority, you will usually be pointed towards loft or cavity wall insulation instead, although through their Green Communities scheme, residents are being encouraged to band together in order to receive bulk discounts from suppliers – not strictly a grant, but a good option nonetheless for those falling outside the funding net.

It's worth noting that any potential double glazing grants will have a long waiting list, so be prepared to do some work in following up your application. Time spent on hold may not be fun, but it'll be worth it in the long run.

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