The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy offers consumers the chance to get practical tips from energy consultants who visit their homes and show them how to optimise their heating and thus save money. A total of approximately €1.5 million is provided for years 2015 and 2016.
The heating check looks at factors that can affect the actual efficiency of the heating system when in use, such as:
- the age and the dimensioning of the system;
- critical system temperatures;
- the insulation standard of pipes and fittings;
- the course of the room temperature;
- the previous year's consumption;
- crucial components of the system, such as boiler, hot water tank and pump.
The consumers are given recommendations as to how the efficiency of their existing system can be improved. Even minor measures can quickly result in savings of more than a hundred euros a year. The heating check itself doesn’t cost much, and is available for free to low-income households. It is a service for all households using a gas-fired or oil-fired boiler, a district heating station or a heat pump.
More information (in German) can be found at www.verbraucherzentrale-energieberatung.de.