NRW feasibility study

Feasibility study on funding of energy-efficient household appliances for low-income households


Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Nature and Consumer Protection (MKULNV) of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Duration January 2013 – June 2013


In light of increasing energy prices, a low income combined with low energy efficiency can quickly lead to ‘energy poverty’. One way to counteract energy poverty is thus to improve energy efficiency in low income households. In this connection, measures to increase energy efficiency not only mean financial saving opportunities, but also help to meet the growing demand to reduce CO2 emissions. Low-income households are often disadvantaged in two respects: First, knowledge is frequently lacking concerning how consumers can enhance energy savings on a daily basis; and secondly, the financial means are lacking for implementing energy saving tips, e.g. through the purchase of more energy efficient household appliances. Measures which address both issues – knowledge transfer and financial support – can therefore contribute to reducing energy costs in private households.

Project goals and results

Specifically, the research project pursued the following goals:

  • Preparing an overview of already existing support measures in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany and Europe
  • Developing a support concept for NRW

Tasks of IREES

  • In addition to extensive research work, expert opinions were obtained via interviews. Moreover, a group discussion was conducted with various experts, and with members of the target group.