As a home owner, the first time I considered double glazing as a way to save on my energy bills, let’s just say, I was less than convinced. After all, there was a fair cost involved, and there always seemed something far more pressing that needed attending to. However, in recent years as the cost has gone up … and up … and up to the point where my electricity and gas are taking up an increasingly large proportion of my household expenditure, I have been forced to look again, and I must say, with different a conclusion.
Over £3000 a year on energy bills
The fact is, double glazing will come with an initial outlay that can be quite a sum. However, when weighed up against the fact that I am now paying around £70 per week for gas and electric for a 3 bedroomed semi, which houses myself, my husband and our three kids I realised that even a 15% saving could leave me with an extra £546 a year in my purse.
I then looked into how much I could save by having double glazing fitted and I was more than surprised to hear that many organisation claim I could be between £400 and £500 a year better off. Having done the maths I realised that I would probably end up about even. However, the more I looked into it, the more the pros seemed to far outweigh the cons.
Firstly, there is the obvious financial benefits that will leave me paying out much less to the energy companies I use every week. However, I then realised that it would also add to the value of the property. What’s more, I don’t have to worry about painting the wooden window frames as regularly as I used to.
All in all, I think having new windows is a pretty safe bet on the financial front. Energy prices look set to keep rising and I wouldn’t be surprised if they continue to do so until I am paying out considerably more. It may not be long before the benefits are so obvious, that everyone who hasn’t got double glazing, is getting it.
The Green Deal
As I looked into getting new windows fitted, a friend made me aware of the Green Deal that is also available. Without going into it at length, it’s basically a government scheme which gives you access to having insulation done at a much reduced cost, including new double glazing which I am currently looking into from a top company like Anglian Home. The idea is you get help towards the cost of your windows, which will be weighed up against the amount you are paying for energy bills.
Having given it some thought I’ve decided I am going to have the windows done anyway, as I think it’s worthwhile, with or without the Green Deal. However, if anyone else out is considering the Green Deal, you shouldn’t wait too long before making a decision as I understand funds are limited and it won’t be available for ever.