Do-it-yourselfers on the rise: State promotes material costs for own contribution

Renovation measures on the home such as the modernization of the heating system or insulation of the building envelope save heating costs, but are initially associated with investment costs for the homeowners. State funding for the energy-efficient renovation of buildings helps to reduce costs – and since 1 January 2023 can also be used for material costs that are installed in-house. Previously, the work had to be done by specialist companies. The funding is regulated in the Federal Funding for Efficient Buildings (BEG). State funding – federal funding for efficient buildings

The BEG bundles all funding programmes relating to energy efficiency and renewable energies in the building sector. The aim of the federal funding is to reduce CO2 emissions in the building sector. This gives homeowners the opportunity to have upcoming projects subsidized by the state and to reduce investment costs. The funding includes, for example, the installation of an environmentally friendly heating system, the optimisation of an existing heating system, the insulation of buildings and the use of optimised system technology.

Often the will of the homeowners for energetic renovation is there, but the implementation fails due to fully booked craftsmen. With the extension of the funding to the material costs, which are brought in privately in-house, skilled renovators and modernizers now have the opportunity to become active themselves and thus advance projects faster. Even if very few people can replace an entire heating system on their own, a lot of work around a project is feasible for do-it-yourselfers – especially with the right instructions, which are provided, for example, by the building technology shop Selfio. An energy efficiency expert or specialist craftsman must confirm the professional implementation of the measure and the correct list of materials in order to be able to take advantage of the state funding.

Important to know: The invoices for material costs for own work must contain the name of the applicant and be written in German. In addition, they are only eligible if only eligible items are listed on the relevant supporting document and are directly linked to the remedial measure. Own contribution to energy-efficient refurbishment

In order to reduce the energy demand of a building, the insulation of the building and the heating system play an important role. The state subsidy includes not only a new heating system, but also associated measures such as the installation of underfloor heating or the implementation of controlled residential ventilation by means of a central or decentralised ventilation system with heat recovery. Installing insulation, preparing and laying pipes, installing air ducts – the work that can be done in-house is diverse and depends entirely on individual craftsmanship. Installing underfloor heating yourself – no problem with Selfio’s installation videos

Due to the low flow temperature, underfloor heating is a good measure to reduce the energy consumption of a building. It harmonises with both condensing boiler technology and the heat pump as a heating system. What many homeowners do not know: With a little craftsmanship, it can be easily laid by yourself. When using the BEG subsidy, the material for the underfloor heating is subsidized with 15 to 20 % – if a heat pump is installed at the same time, the maximum funding amount is even up to 40% of the costs! Do-it-yourself pays off in concrete terms. Strong partner for projects in new and existing buildings: Home automation shop Selfio

If homeowners are planning to install a heat pump, solar thermal system, underfloor heating or ventilation system, the building services shop Selfio is at their side. The offer is specially designed for the needs of do-it-yourselfers and do-it-yourselfers. In addition to high-quality products, they also receive background information and assembly instructions, which are also available as a video on Selfio’s own YouTube channel. The Selfio employees are available for personal and free expert advice and have many years of experience in the implementation of building technology projects.

The planning service offers everything from the heating load calculation to the installation plan for the underfloor heating as home improvement well as free services such as the quick design of the underfloor heating and planning of the ventilation and solar thermal system to put the project on a solid basis right from the start.

Further information on the offer of the building technology shop Selfio and the extensive services that support do-it-yourselfers and self-builders in the implementation of their project can be found at