When it is time to replace an old oil or gas heating system, two-thirds of all home owners in Switzerland opt again for an oil or gas heating system. This is the case even though installing a heat pump would be possible in most cases and would be much better for the climate: an average single-family household produces four fewer tonnes of CO₂ annually if the house is heated with a heat pump instead of an oil heating system. That corresponds to the annual emissions caused by driving 15,000 km.
One reason why many home owners still decide against a heat pump could well be the comparably higher capital outlays. It is easy to forget that the running costs for electricity and maintenance are considerably lower with a heat pump. There are no more costs at all for oil or gas, and thus none of the uncertainty that has been coupled with the oil and gas price trends until now. The result is a future-proof and sustainable heating solution. To help overcome this investment hurdle and help climate-friendly heat pump technology make a breakthrough, home owners can apply for a subsidy of 1000 francs as part of the new climate protection project.
The subsidy is awarded based on the selection of a climate-friendly heat pump technology. Only heat pumps that are developed according to the quality standard heat pump system module are subsidized. This standard, which was developed by the FWS, guarantees a high level of energy efficiency and optimum processes – from the planning to the operation of the heat pumps.
Swiss climate protection programme according to the FOEN standard
The programme is registered with the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment as a climate protection programme and is meant to help Switzerland reach its domestic goals for CO₂ reduction. The CO₂ law allows for CO₂ savings to be certified by the federal government if certain framework conditions are met, such as demonstrably fewer CO₂ emissions and no other subsidizing. A certificate is issued for every tonne of CO₂ that is actually saved. myclimate and its project partners are financing the rebate for the acquisition using the proceeds from these certificates.
myclimate has already launched various Swiss funding programmes in recent years: an electric and hybrid bus programme for bus companies, a remote heating control programme for holiday home owners, and a hot water saving programme for property management companies, hotels, homes, communities and companies.