Rising costs: Survey: Germans use less energy

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Survey: Germans use less energy

According to a survey, every second person in Germany has lowered the room temperature in view of rising electricity prices.

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Whether heating or water consumption: Most people in Germany have changed their behavior in the face of rising energy costs.

Berlin. According to a survey, people in Germany are more conscious of the use of energy for heat supply in view of the increased prices.

This is shown by a representative survey by the Federal Association of Energy and Water Management (BDEW). Of the 1,200 respondents, three quarters (77 percent) said they had changed their behavior in recent months and tried to save energy when using warm water or hot water. Only one in five (19 percent) said they had not changed their behavior.

Federal Economics and Climate Protection Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) will present a new energy-saving campaign by the federal government on Friday afternoon (12:15 p.m.).

Support came from the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce. “Now is a good time to work on several channels at the same time to save energy,” says Deputy Managing Director Achim Dirks. “In companies, the public sector and private households, we should get by with less energy than we can. This contributes to security of supply in all areas of life and also saves hard cash.” The economy is ready to use its potential for energy-efficient production and management.

BDEW: Prices have had an impact on energy consumption

“Due to the war of aggression in Ukraine and rising energy prices, our use of energy has become even more important,” said BDEW boss Kerstin Andrey. “There are still ways to save energy in almost every household.”

According to the survey, almost two thirds (67 percent) name the increased costs as the main reason for using energy more sparingly. One in five (19 percent) saves for reasons of environmental protection, 5 percent name the Ukraine war as the main reason.

Most respondents have taken several measures to save energy for heating and hot water. Almost every second person stated that they lowered the room temperature (56 percent), paid more attention to turning down the heating when leaving the house (52 percent) or heated the room less (48 percent). Showering more or less and airing more are further steps. 13 percent have programmable thermostats installed on their radiators.

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