The energy saving guidelines drawn up by the federal government and the federal states for areas of application such as buildings, energy efficiency, energy management, mobility, procurement and financing are aimed at private households, private enterprise and the public sector. The guidelines are designed to motivate the respectivetarget group and provide information about how to increase energy efficiency. The guidelines thus contribute to creating awareness and changing user behaviour and act as a springboard for energy efficiency investments. The information on energy-efficient technologies, financing and procurement options together with special subject areas and pragmatic approaches to finding ways of exploiting energy efficiency potential are being well received by all sectors. For example, the guidelines are leading to support for the execution of concrete contracting projects and the implementation of other energy efficiency measures in the municipal sector.