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).