Germans wrap up to keep warm at home
The Local · 2 Jan 2013, 13:03
Published: 02 Jan 2013 13:03 GMT+01:00
- Increased calls for German Energy Ministry (30 Dec 12)
- Electricity bills to take record hike in January (15 Nov 12)
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.