There is no point in generating energy that is not being consumed – that’s why saved energy is the best energy. In order to reach our goal of cutting in half the final energy consumption for heating and electricity by 2050, we must start with existing buildings in particular. The energy-efficient renovation of older buildings is the most effective means.
But also, the conscious use of energy and the use of economical electrical appliances and efficient lighting technology help to avoid a considerable part of the heat and power consumption. Planners, energy consultants of the consumer advice centre of Baden-Wuerttemberg and regional energy agencies, as well as tradesmen help to identify potential savings.
With the Renewable Energies Heat Act, the state government has created a suitable instrument for using more renewable energy for heating and hot water. The amendment to the Act passed on 01.07.2015 provides not only for higher requirements for residential buildings, but also the law now extends to non-residential buildings.
Opportunity for the economy
Energy efficiency is also a great opportunity for Baden-Württemberg's economy. Smart energy management, alternative business and financing models (contracting) for energy investments, and concepts for resource and material efficiency in the production process help to save money and increase competitive capacity. In the crossover technologies alone (e.g. compressed air, refrigeration, ventilation or pumps), there is a savings potential of over 10 %.
Many new technologies and products that improve energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions are being developed in Baden-Württemberg and are also exported from here. Thus, Baden-Württemberg companies play a role in pushing forward the energy transition.
Important tools for increasing energy efficiency also include the use of waste heat in conjunction with heat concepts, and the expansion of combined heat and power to 20 % of the gross electricity generation by 2020. This will require additional construction in all player groups and at all performance levels.
Numerous federal and state funding programs help both private homeowners and businesses in the state to improve their energy balance.