1,536 free energy recommendations
1,536 Ghentians received free energy advice, 526 opted for assistance.
In 2018, about one quarter of Ghent’s CO2 emissions came from homes. Reducing the energy consumption of homes therefore remains a crucial factor for the achievement of our climate ambitions. Only 19 % of Ghent homes are equipped with energy-efficient roof insulation, glazing and heating. This means that 81 % of homes still require taking 1 or several basic steps, ranging from relatively small interventions such as installing insulation or replacing a central heating boiler to major renovations.
In 2020, a total of 1,536 Ghentians were provided with free energy advice by the experts from Energiecentrale, a one-stop shop for energy saving renovations. This group included 267 Ghentians who received online advice and 526 Ghentians who opted for assistance during renovations. In this context, it is important to note that most renovations were continued in compliance with the coronavirus measures.
Increasing the energy performance of apartments is often complex and requires a targeted approach. Energiecentrale therefore expanded its activities specifically aimed at associations of co-owners and property managers in the past year. In 2020, Energiecentrale provided consultancy support for 15 apartment blocks which totalled 95 apartments. In eight cases, the consultancy concerned collective interventions such as roof insulation and in 23 cases it concerned individual renovations for which a joint competition was held. Energiecentrale will continue to expanded its activities for apartments over the coming year.