If not now, when? You have bought a house in Klimaland Münsterland - congratulations! It represents a high financial value and you spend a lot of time in it. Reason enough to make it climate-friendly. Thermal insulation benefits you in several ways:
In a modernised home you can enjoy a comfortable indoor climate and lower heating costs every day and every month. Here we give you an overview and helpful tips if you are interested in an energy-efficient renovation:
Out of the window, over the roof or through the cellar. A lot of energy disappears from uninsulated buildings. Many old buildings in Germany consume 20 litres of heating oil or more per square metre. With 100 square metres of living space, that's at least 2000 litres per year - a real energy guzzler. By comparison, a new building uses only six litres, and a passive house only 1.5 litres.
Your house is from 1994 or older? Then it's worth looking into energy-efficient renovation. We consume the lion's share of energy in residential buildings for heating and hot water (85 percent). Only 15 percent is used for lighting and household appliances. Thermal insulation and efficient building technology - this is where enormous savings potential lies dormant. Every house is different, and every homeowner has different wishes. Some old walls keep the heat in the house better than others. Some owners want to do an all-round insulation, others want to move in first and tackle a partial renovation.
An energy consultation is always the first step towards successful energy renovation. Here, the various renovation steps are coordinated with each other, and a completely individual renovation roadmap is created for you. This building check also tells you which subsidies are available for which measures. This way you are well prepared for discussions with planners, craftsmen and financiers.
You can find tips here at the NRW consumer advice centre.
Even small changes have a big impact on the climate balance of your house:
Are there any repairs to be made to your house anyway? The façade needs to be renovated? If many costs are incurred anyway, it is often worthwhile to carry out an all-round renovation, if necessary with state subsidies. The renovation often doesn't take that long:
Further information is available from the NRW Consumer Advice Centre and the EnergyAgency.NRW. Take a look.
Today, 38,000 subsidised pellet heating systems in NRW already supply citizens with renewable heat. And a heat pump is also suitable for old buildings. Heat is extracted from the environment (air, geothermal energy or groundwater) and supplied to your house. Part of the electrical energy is best supplied by your own photovoltaic system. The subsidy is attractive: if an oil-fired heating system is replaced by a heat pump, up to 45 percent subsidy is available.
Is your house already well insulated? Are you already using renewable energies? Then as a private homeowner you can present yourself as an energy saver in NRW. You can find more information here.