In Germany there are about 11,000 residential nursing and care homes which serve as home for 800,000 elderly citizens. The efficient use of energy in care homes is a neccessity to keep the cost factor energy socially acceptable and affordable in the care sector. Solites already worked on this subject in the EU research project Save Age (05/2010 to 05/2013) and has been responsible for the implementation in Germany. For Germany, a potential of avoidance of 500,000 to 2.5 millions tonnes CO2 per year could be identified.
The new project “Energieeffizienz für Pflegeeinrichtungen” focuses on activities in the sector of non- and low-investment measures in nursing and care homes: Energy management, energy conscious behaviour of employees, residents and visitors and process optimisation. An internet based campaign-tool (methods, website, study materials) shall be developed, to be used by host organisations to support their care homes indiviually and affordably in the implementation of non- and low-investment methods.