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Germans wrap up to keep warm at home
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Germans wrap up to keep warm at home

Published: 02 Jan 2013 13:03 GMT+01:00
Updated: 02 Jan 2013 13:03 GMT+01:00

As they see their energy bills rising, nearly half of Germans greet colder weather with an extra jumper rather than turning up the heating, a survey suggested on Wednesday.

Nearly 90 percent of people asked by standards watchdog Dekra said that they were actively careful about how much electricity they used during cooking, and were mindful to turn lights off.

Forty six percent of the 1,100 people questioned said they preferred to wrap up warm instead of fiddling with their thermostats.

Four out of five pointed the finger at pricing politics between power companies as being to blame for the rising cost of power. Three quarters blamed the national switch over to renewable power – yet despite this, three quarters were in favour of the change.

Politicians have voiced concern about rising costs, and EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger has even said that he want to give those in long term unemployment more money towards paying power bills.

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14:36 January 2, 2013 by grazhdanin
cooking is the most pointless waste of energy
14:55 January 2, 2013 by Simon_Kellett
We live in a Passivhaus: what is this thing called "heating" ? ;-)
15:17 January 2, 2013 by lucksi
I have my temperature set to levels I'm bitching about in the summer...
16:59 January 2, 2013 by smart2012
I thought all Germans are rich
18:25 January 2, 2013 by Steve1949
Yes, this is somewhat confusing. I just read on here not that long ago how Germans have more money than ever before and also something about so much Gold per German being saved. How can this be? Maybe the Euro crisis is hitting Germany as well.
20:38 January 2, 2013 by smart2012
Steve 1949, not maybe, for sure ;)
21:08 January 2, 2013 by catjones
german winter competition:

Hans: last night my house was so cold I lost two fingers to frostbite.

Himmel: What, you call that cold? I turned off my heat, opened all my windows and doors and froze off my toes.

Otto: That's nothing. I turned off my heat, opened all my windows and doors and turned on the fan. I froze my nose off to spite the cold.
21:17 January 2, 2013 by Wise Up!
LOL!!! That's what you get for believeing in Global Warming; where everyone will be sitting at home by candlelight!!
08:22 January 3, 2013 by Landmine
@ smart2012 and Steve1949

Germans are rich as you surmise, they are also just too cheap to dial up the thermometer
15:39 January 3, 2013 by raandy
Landmine,,, Bingo
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