Heating costs in older, unrefurbished buildings often eat into the budget. Energy refurbishment measures can help reduce this expenditure. “To save money in the long term, you have to make the necessary investment in the short term. However, there are a range of state funding options, both for individual energy refurbishment measures and full refurbishment projects,” emphasises Christian Stolte, energy-efficient buildings expert at the Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) – the German Energy Agency.
Anyone who wants to install energy-saving heating technology, use renewable energy sources, upgrade their windows or insulate the roof, the facade or the cellar ceiling can find suitable sources of funding by entering their postal code on www.die-hauswende.de. The state development bank KfW provides low-interest loans or investment subsidies through its “Energy-Efficient Refurbishment” programme. The Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) also subsidises the use of renewable energy sources for water and building heating.
“For house owners, it can make sense to gain an initial overview of recommended energy refurbishment measures on their building. A visit from a qualified energy consultant is a good first step,” advises Stolte.
The information campaign “The Building Transition” was initiated by the “Allianz für Gebäude-Energie-Effizienz” (geea) – “Alliance for Building Energy Efficiency”. Also involved in addition to dena are the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the Federal Construction Ministry as well as companies and associations from the relevant branches of the economy.