Just under two-thirds of the 18.6 million residential buildings in Germany were constructed before 1979, when energy efficiency was not an important issue. Therefore, most of the houses require improvements in this area. There is a variety of options open to people who are looking to improve the energy balance of their property.
Successful energy-efficient refurbishment
Among others, classic energy-efficient refurbishment measures include fitting thermal insulation on the outside walls, the roof and in the cellar, installing new windows (thermally insulated glass) and upgrading to a more efficient heating system, possibly for renewable energy sources. Interestingly, KfW provides grants for individual refurbishment measures and the complete modernisation of a house to become an efficient house, in the latter case providing up to €30,000 per residential unit.
Reducing the costs of heating – it’s perfectly simple
In addition, owners of houses and apartments or also tenants can implement simple measures that cost little or nothing at all. Correct ventilation and heating, also the insulation of windows and doors, are among the first measures that can contribute to saving energy. You will find additional tips on saving energy at zukunft-haus.info.
Individual solutions for every house
Homeowners and tenants will find plenty of brochures and flyers on the topic of energy efficiency in the dena shop. Each building is unique, so not every question has one single answer. This is why homeowners should arrange to receive advice on energy in their own homes. The expert will analyse the fabric of the building and the heating system and will propose suitable efficiency measures for the individual building in question. Owners of detached and semi-detached houses can receive a subsidy of up to €800 for an on-site energy consultation. The subsidy application is submitted to the Federal Office of Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) by the energy consultant. Suitable advice on energy is also available to tenants, for instance from consumer advice centres.
Trusting the experts
Qualified energy specialists are listed in the Database of Energy Efficiency Experts for Government Funding Programmes. This database includes nearly 13,700 experts who provide competent advice and assist in the implementation of energy-saving measures.