On October 1, 2015, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the consumer centres launched a funding for heating checks in order to give consumers the chance to get practical tips from energy consultants for the optimisation of their heating system and thus save on heating costs. The Federal Ministry is providing a total of approximately €1.5 million to fund this in 2015 and 2016.
According to Rainer Baake, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy: "A functioning heating system is not necessary an efficient heating system. That depends on how the heat is generated and distributed around the building. The new heating check shows consumers how well their heating system actually works, and how they can save energy and money. This means that everyone can take an important step towards their own energy transition."
The energy consultants give consumers recommendations on how the efficiency of their existing system can be improved. The check is intended for all households using a gas-fired or oil-fired boiler, a district heating station or a heat pump. It costs €30 and is available for free to low-income households.