Low-income households often cannot afford the initial investment for high-efficiency domestic appliances, so that less efficient second-hand appliances are used. Furthermore, language or social barriers make it difficult to inform this target group about energy efficiency issues.
This project aims at establishing tailored information and consultation approaches to assist low-income households in saving energy and water. The consultation implies free-of-cost installation of low-cost devices to save water and energy (e.g. compact fluorescent lamps, switchable plug connectors, tab aerators) plus advice for energy saving behaviour. By combining the know-how of energy experts with the skills of social economy or welfare organisations, The project EC-LINC aims at helping low income households to save energy and water with no cost or low cost measures.
Berlin Energy Agency is coordinating this project in cooperation with six partners from Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Germany and the United Kingdom. EC-LINC is funded by the European Commission within the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme (IEE).