PROMISE was born as a response to the need of reducing residential energy consumption in European islands. Domestic energy use is still largely invisible to the user, while rapidly increasing due to larger homes, new services and additional appliances. By sharing information and experience, energy agencies from Samso (Denmark), Iceland, Rhodes (Greece) and Tenerife (Spain) aimed to promote tried-and-tested methods for reducing the energy consumption of households. Knowledge has been transferred through capacity building workshops, EASWs (European Awareness Scenario Workshops) and awareness raising campaigns accomplished in each target island, i.e. Iceland, Rhodes, Tenerife. Each awareness campaign addressed targeted groups of island households, included at least 35 home energy checks in each target island and made use of energy efficiency tools developed throughout the project. Public authorities, both local and national, have been involved and policy recommendations with concrete action lines have been elaborated that favour energy efficient consumer behaviour. A European awareness campaign disseminated project achievements to a wide network of islands and involved six new islands as so-called ‘island buddies’ in the project.
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Result 1: Reduction of household energy consumption. On average, 1.300 to 8.200 kWh of calculated energy savings per household (5-20% per household) by:
- implementing capacity building actions: 4 workshops and 3 EASWs
- realizing 3 awareness campaigns, one in each target island (Iceland, Rhodes, Tenerife)
- accomplishing more than 200 home energy checks
- involving local and national media (radio, TV, press)
- developing and promoting innovative energy efficiency products and tools
- Interactive cash flow calculators for evaluating investments in renewable energy and energy saving appliances as e.g. solar heaters, heat pumps, wind turbines.
- Roof insulation calculator
- Light hour calculator, including an APP for smartphones
- Electricity price calculator
- APP ‘Eco-Calc’ for smartphones to carry out an own energy check at home
- Checklist for home energy checks (Excel spreadsheet)
Interactive and tailor-made workshops involving the locals are an efficient tool for finding consensus-based action lines.The capacity building workshops and EASWs perfectly suited the objective of finding consensus-based action lines for the local awareness campaigns. Especially the participatory approach used during the EASWs has been very efficient as it communicated to the local people that they are the key actors of the activity and that the project team did not intend to impose anything.Preliminary home energy checks have been helpful for providing first insights into people’s energy behaviour and make subsequent activities more tailor-made. Initially conducted energy checks gave the opportunity to shed light on main saving potentials and the difference in pricing and subsidy systems in the islands. This allowed for a fine-tuning and adjusting calculated energy savings better to each local context which has been supportive for the awareness campaigns and the next energy checks.Savings per household in the target islands range from 1.300 kWh (Tenerife) to 8.200 kWh (Grimsey) depending on the local climate, with an average of 4.000 kWh per household.The average energy savings are based on 175 home energy checks and correspond to 5 – 20% of the household fuel energy, where the first 5% are due to inexpensive behaviour changes. Larger amounts of savings include improvements to the building envelope and replacement of the heating unit.
Partners and coordinatorList Map
|Samso Energy Agency||Denmark|
|Energy Agency Iceland||Iceland|
|Ios-Aegean Energy Agency||Greece|
|Tenerife Energy Agency||Spain|
|Forventi Media Limited||United Kingdom|
+39 06 400 40 358
Duration:01/06/2011 to 30/11/2013