Our energy saving check
With our energy saving check, we have developed an easy-to-use online tool for consumers to get an overview of where they consume energy and where they could save. It looks into all the main areas of a household, from an energy perspective: electricity consumption, heating and mobility.
It is widely recognised that energy saving is important for our future. Some people want to save energy to conserve the environment and climate, others to cut down on their energy expenses. But how to go about this in your own home is a different question. What counts as high energy use? How much money does any energy saving translate to? E-Control's energy saving check is designed to answer these questions. The tool itself is only available in German, but the description below might help you navigate.
Key information at a glance, backed up with much detail The appearance of the energy saving check is made to reflect that of our very successful tariff calculator, where about half a million consumers look for cheap electricity and gas offers each year. As in the tariff calculator, the energy saving check asks some basic information of you at the beginning. You’ll then get a first, rough result right away.
The basic items you need to input to the check are:
- Your postcode
- The number of people living in your household
- Whether you live in a flat or house
- The condition the building is in
- How you are heating
- Whether you have a car and if so, how far you drive each year
This already enables the energy saving check to estimate your average energy consumption, both in kilowatt hours and in Euro.
Invest five minutes in energy saving In no more than five minutes, the energy saving check gives you information about the rough energy consumption and costs of an average household with the same criteria as yours. You’ll immediately see where you consume most energy: in electricity, heating or driving.
Click through the tabs to get some ideas on where you could save energy. You can play with the underlying default values and find out what would save the most.
The overview tab combines all this information and lets you save or print your result. This could be a good reminder to look into energy saving more closely at some other time.
Invest fifteen minutes in energy saving If you want to get information that is more closely tailored to your actual situation and want some concrete energy saving measures (and their expected effects), you’ll have to invest about fifteen minutes.
Again you get an overview that you can save or print. This will have details on your current consumption behaviour and will enable you to identify your biggest saving potentials, along with some simple and free measures that will save you some money right away.
Invest thirty minutes in energy saving If you can spare half an hour, the energy saving check can give you more details about your own energy consumption and the range of possible saving options. Think of how long you might spend searching for the cheapest price for a particular product on the Internet or in shops – in comparison, 30 minutes for energy saving doesn’t seem all that long. This is time well spent. The saving measures you find through our check could amount to several hundred Euro a year.
And of course, we have tried to make the check as user-friendly and fun-to-use as possible.
If you want to use the energy saving check at this level of detail, you should be at home. There are several points where it makes sense to actually verify the energy efficiency label of your fridge, washing machine or stove. Even the most advanced energy saving buffs don’t usually know this kind of thing by heart. It might also be helpful for you to have your last electricity and gas bill close by, and a glance at your car’s mileage can’t hurt either.