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Replace night storage heater - promotion possible?Night storage heaters convert electrical energy into heat, making it uneconomical and detrimental to the environment over other heating systems because most of the electricity needed is conventionally produced, causing high levels of carbon dioxide emissions.
Deadlines for the replacement of a night storage heater
All night storage heaters need to be replaced over the next few years and decades. However, different deadlines apply:
- Heating systems installed in buildings with more than five residential units must always be replaced by the end of 2019.
- The same applies to night storage heaters in smaller households, if the units were installed before 1990.
- An exception in the latter case are furnaces in which, after 31 December 1989, essential components were renewed. They may be operated for a maximum of 30 years from the date of renewal.
- The same period of 30 years applies to night storage heaters, the
installed or installed only in 1990 or later.
Promotion for replacing a night storage heater
Old night storage heaters often contain asbestos,
that has to be disposed of professionally and thus causes some costs. By mid-2010, KfW had paid a subsidy of 200 euros per kiln to cover part of the costs. However, this funding is no longer there. Nevertheless, in order to get a subsidy for the replacement of the heating system, other support programs can be used, which vary depending on the selection of the new heating system.
New heating systems are particularly promoted if they are very environmentally friendly and effective, as is the case, for example, with solar energy or wood pellet heating. Information about the various support programs can be found at the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau, or KfW for short, which provides information on its website about possible subsidies and low-interest loans.