EC LINC - Energy Consultancy for Low Income Households

Research and energy consultancy pilot project in cooperation of  5 partner state: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Hungary and UK


Objectives of the project

  • Development and implementation of replicable energy consultation schemes tailored for low-income households to achieve significant and quantifiable savings of electric power, water and heating energy through low-or-no-cost-measures
  • Raising awareness for the rational use of energy in low-income households in direct consultation in their homes through immediate action and installation of small saving devices
  • Advice concerning costeffectiveness of highly efficient appliances and support schemes
  • Promotion of energy efficiency technology in private households
  • Guidance for low-income households to choose the most economical products in terms of energy efficiency at home
  • Re- integration of long-term unemployed or low-skilled people in the regular job market by qualifying them to advise households on saving electric power, water and heating energy
  • Bridging the gap between the EU policies for energy efficiency in private households and the special needs of low-income households


Activities and outcomes

  • Common training material and methodology
  • Holding of training courses for 40 energy advisors (8-10 in Hungary)
  • On-site consultations in 1600 low-income households (250 in Hungary)
  • Installation and promotion of new and innovative energy efficient technology
  • Dedicated advisory service for lowincome households in saving electric power, heating energy and water
  • Ongoing occupational and technical mentoring of the long-term unemployed people
  • Diffusion of the tested approaches on national (NEEAPs) and EU level, incl. materials for realising replication projects


Partners of the consortium

Berliner Energieagentur GmbH (leader of the consortium)

Caritasverband für das Erzbistum Berlin e. V.



e7 Energie Markt Analyse GmbH


R.U.S.Z. Reparatur- und Service-Zentrum


Supported by Intelligent Energy Europe Programme


Further information on the project website.