In a lot of blogs, I mentioned that you can apply for subsidies. But what kind of subsidy is available when renovating your house? It is time for a new blog.
Why would the Dutch government give you a subsidy?
Most of us agree that climate change is a problem. And that emissions of carbon dioxide are one of the causes. The Dutch government made an agreement on reducing emissions. But need the help of people like you and me. So, the government decided to subsidize measures which can help reduce the use of energy in your house.
On the other hand, we see that climate change can cause extreme drought and wet periods in the Netherlands. Collecting water to use later on, is seen as a good solution.
Subsidies by the municipality
Some municipalities give (extra) subsidies. This is worth investing in, and they can differ very much.
Also, in most municipalities, you can ask for a loan, if necessary. Normally, the rates are very competitive.
What you do need to know about requesting a subsidy for your house renovation
You will only receive a subsidy on glass, insulation or installation when you take at least two energy-saving measures. And:
1. You are the house owner
2. Live in the house yourself
3. Insulate very well, regarding the rules of the government. (Check this website!)
4. For every measure there is a minimum of square metres of material that you need to replace.
5. You request a subsidy back within 12 months after the work has been carried out.
6. The work is carried out by a certified company.
7. It is not a newly built house.
This list is not complete. This Dutch governmental website has all the information you need.
The measures you can take
Do you still have single glass panels in your windows or old double glass panels? Changing the glass panels to extra insulated (HR++) or 3-layered glass panels can be a good solution to reduce energy. It is even more effective if you need to renew window cases as well.
The most cost-efficient measures you can take are insulating your cavity wall and roof. You will earn it back within 10 years. But also floor insulation is worth investing.
Sometimes the municipality gives a subsidy when you do it yourself.
On top of that, is there are some rules about how thick the insulation must be. This can change per year, as the rules are getting more strict.
Before you insulate your house, an investigation of the construction, and good advice, is needed. This will help you to gain a good and durable result.
Need to learn more: check this blog!
Is it time to renew the hot water boiler? Are you planning to live for a longer period in your house? In the last years, the more sustainable ways of heating a house became also more affordable.
Think about a hybrid heat pump or a full electric way of heating.
As the investment of a sustainable way of heating is more than a normal hot water boiler, you can ask for a subsidy to heat your house sustainable.
In April, new solar panels were placed on our roof. And guess what? We already generate 80% of the energy we use in a year. Getting money back for solar panels works differently than for insulation.
My advice, ask the company who placed the solar panels to ask for the 21% V.A.T. back. This will save a lot of your time and energy.
A green roof or sedum roof is often subsidized by the municipality. An extra layer of sedum on your roof helps to have some extra insulation in the winter. On the other hand, it absorbs rainwater.
But there are more advantages:
1. It cools the house in the summer, up to 5 degrees.
2. The roof will last longer than just a normal flat roof.
For example, Eindhoven will give you a €25.00 per square meter subsidy, when you cover your roof with sedum plants. This is with a minimum of 10 square meters. The costs are around €50.00 – €75.00 a square meter.
Stone tiles out, plants in. That’s the Dutch slogan. Many gardens are full of stones. Of course, there are many advantages to think of. Most heard is that only tile in the garden means no maintenance.
But stone absorbs no water. And when it rains, the sewerage can overflow. That is the reason why many municipalities subsidize replacing stone with green plants. Check the website of your city or village for more information.
Even for a rain barrel, you can get some money back. Just check this website.
How do you apply for a subsidy?
First: collect all the invoices you have.
Second: for insulation or installation you go to this website, fill in the forms and log in with your Digid.
With other measures: go to the website from your city or village and follow the instructions there.
Sometimes you need to wait until next year to ask for a subsidy back because the money is used already.
What to do when you need help
If you are planning to make your house more sustainable, feel free to plan an online meeting. I love helping you through the process.
Transforming houses into energy-saving houses need to be accelerated. All kind of ideas are mentioned by the government.
Are you renovating your house? Do you want to make it sustainable at the same time? Or just save money on your energy bill? Then, check if there is a subsidy available for your house and situation. You can save around 20% of the costs by doing this.