Kassel. When the Energy Saving Ordinance (EnEV 2014) enters into force, old heating boilers installed before 1985 must be decommissioned from 2015. The aim of this is to accelerate the rate at which inefficient heating systems are being replaced: after all, the heating market accounts for the largest proportion of energy consumption in Germany, at around 40 percent, and is thus responsible for about a third of Germany’s CO2 emissions.
The heating systems are outdated in about three quarters of all 38.4 million German apartments and approx. 18 million residential buildings. “New and more efficient gas-based heating systems are an important means of cutting down CO2 emissions quickly and substantially,” Detlef Mirsch, Head of Technical Services at WINGAS, explains. “What’s more, this can be done at an affordable price compared to some other measures.” The most cost-effective option is to replace the old heating boiler with a modern natural gas condensing boiler.
Homeowners must now examine if they may continue operating their heating boilers, or if it’s worthwhile replacing them with a more climate-friendly and cost-efficient technology. “Replacing old boilers often already pays off when they are 15 years old,” the WINGAS expert advises. More information can be obtained from heating specialists nationwide.