What will be provided? Tailor-made advisory services and relevant information suited to the needs of the client.
Technical overview: Consulting provided by consumer centres
If you’re looking to gain an initial overview and some tips on how to conserve energy, the are a good place to start. They offer a wide range of services on their websites, over the phone, and even at your home.
"Building check" as part of the services provided by consumer centres
The so-called "building check" is a service that is geared towards home owners. It includes a two-hour on-site meeting with an energy consultant of the consumer centre who takes a close look at your energy consumption and provides first recommendations for action on energy efficiency. This will only cost you 20 EUR because all energy-advice services provided by the consumer centres receive funding support from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. For further information, please contact the free hotline of the consumer centres at 0800 - 809 802 400.
In addition to the building check, the consumer centres launched the new “heating check” on 1 October 2015 which will be an interesting service for owners of heating systems. The heating check looks at the actual efficiency of the heating system when in use. During a two-hour on-site meeting, consumers receive practical tips from energy consultants on how to optimise their heating and thus save money. Consumers pay only 40 EUR for this service since the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is also providing funding support for this service.
The modernisation wizard of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is an online tool with which you can easily “modernise” your house on your computer. First, you need to put in data about the current state of the building by answering the following questions: When was it built? How large is it? What kind of heating was installed? How old is the heating system? Then you can choose between different modernisation options: Do you want to insulate the outer walls? Or do you want to install new windows? Or rather exchange the heating system? The online tool requires only a few mouse clicks and information about your building to enable you to/ to be able to help you assess what modernisation measures will truly pay off for you (in German):
On-site energy consultation with energy efficiency experts
A one-on-one on-site consultation will make it possible to identify the specific need for modernisation and to be able to set up a coherent overall modernisation concept. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is providing funding support (the volume of the grants has been increased since March 2015) to ensure that everyone can afford this advisory service. The energy consultant makes hands-on proposals on which modernisation measures will suit the needs of your house and what government funding support can be obtained for them.