DescriptionStromspar-Check advises low-income households in Germany free of charge in their homes on how to save energy and water. Everyone receiving social benefits is entitled to participate. Participating households are given practical tips regarding their consumption behaviour. Furthermore the Stromspar-teams install energy- and water-saving appliances such as LED lights, time switches, flow limiters, water-saving showerheads etc. The advisors are formerly long-term unemployed people. They are specifically qualified for this kind of advisory work, i.e. they complete an extensive training provided by professional energy consultants. Since the start of Stromspar-Checks energy saving initiave in December 2008 more than 318,000 households have participated in the project. By now, over 547,247 tons of CO2 emissions have been saved.
Responsible for managing the project on a national level are the Deutsche Caritasverband e.V. (DCV) and the German Federation of Energy and Climate Protection Agencies (eaD). The current project Stromspar-Check Aktiv (1st April 2019 to 31st March 2022) is funded by the National Climate Protection Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).