Some residents say they are taking cold showers, drying clothes outside and switching to LED lights to cope with an energy crisis triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, German news agency The Local reported earlier in September.
“We don’t use a dryer, we take shorter, cooler showers, and we plan to heat only two rooms in our house this winter,” the 39-year-old Berliner said in a recent survey conducted by a news agency.
Another Berliner said he was taking a cold shower as a “small anti-Putin gesture”.
Some German companies also use energy restrictions to save costs. Electricity prices in Germany have risen by more than 600 percent this year due to higher natural gas prices.
German real estate group Vonovia previously told Insider it would reduce heating for tenants at night from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. to “save as much gas as possible” and about 8 percent. would reduce heating costs.
In Dippoldiswalde, a town in Germany’s Saxony region, some tenants were banned from taking hot showers between 8am and 11am, 1pm and 5pm and after 9pm, according to a Facebook post by the local housing cooperative in July. In Hanover, hot showers are no longer allowed in public swimming pools.
Before the war, more than half of Germany’s natural gas came from Russia. Now they have decreased to 35 percent.
“We want to break free from the grip of Russian energy imports as soon as possible,” German Economy Minister Robert Habeck told reporters in August, adding that while the current measures will help reduce the country’s overall energy consumption, it is not enough.
Since September, the German government has implemented new regulations limiting the use of energy in public buildings and monuments. Private pool heating and shop lighting may also be restricted at night, Reuters reported.
The city of Hanover published a list of restrictions in late July that included limiting office electronics such as printers, turning off hot water at public sinks (except in hospitals and schools), turning off public fountains and limiting indoor temperatures in municipal buildings to a maximum of 20 degrees.