Regional campaign for the modernization of heating systems achieves positive interim results.
Kassel. Within the scope of the “Raustauschwochen” (Exchange Weeks), a large-scale regional campaign in the German states of Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, more than 600 obsolete boilers have been exchanged for modern gas heating systems. This was announced by the initiative "Zukunft ERDGAS" (future of natural gas) and the Association of Energy and Water Industries for the German States of Hesse/Rhineland-Palatinate (LDEW). Furthermore, noting that several other conversion applications have been also been submitted.
The reason behind the campaign is the low efficiency of many boilers which subsequently result in high CO2 emissions. More than a third of all heaters in Germany are more than 20 years old and as such “real carbon dioxide catapults”, explained the campaign’s initiators. “The “Raustauschwochen” initiative provides an important impetus for increasing the overall efficiency of the heating market,” said Timm Kehler, Director of Zukunft ERDGAS.
Municipal utilities, energy suppliers and heating device manufacturers all teamed up for the pilot project. Homeowners receive a subsidy amounting to €200 for the modernization of heating systems. This is in addition to subsidies provided by programs from KfW and BAFA. The Raustauschwochen will continue until the end of October and the plan is to extend the initiative to other states.
WINGAS supports the campaign. "We have also added a special grant for our customers throughout Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland: WINGAS customers that use the WINGAS Climate PartnerBonus program can benefit from up to €600 for a newly installed condensing technology and even up to €800 for the installation of a gas-driven heat pump. This makes the “Raustauschwochen” all the more attractive for homeowners,” explains Katja Winter, WINGAS specialist for marketing and natural gas applications.