Energy check-up for low-income households

Last updated: 5 November 2017
The aim of the measure is to demonstrate to consumers in low-income households ways of saving money and conserving the environment by means of a careful approach to energy (in particular through reduction of CO2 emissions). Therefore 800 long-term unemployed persons have been trained as so-called energy-saving assistants, as of August 2013 100.000 checks have been conducted. The German Federation of Energy Conservation and Climate Protection Agencies (eaD) and the Deutsche Caritasverband are responsible for the functional energy aspects and trains the participants, supervises the checks, monitors the database, and orders the necessary energy-saving items. The participant associations organise the measure by, for example, recruiting the participants through the competent employment agencies. In addition to this they find the households wishing to receive counselling, support the participants during the measure with their personal affairs and problems, and co-operate with the local employment agencies and consumer advice centres. The locations are networked and supported by the charitable services, by regional advisors in regional groups.

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