According to the survey, every second household is trying to save energy. However, extreme methods were not resorted to.
The survey showed that half of Germans save energy. Since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, every second family in Germany has tried to reduce energy consumption. Moreover, 9 out of 10 Germans would like to stop importing gas from Russia. Die Zeit reported.
The survey was conducted by the digital organization Bitkom. According to the company, 48% of Germans are becoming more aware of their electricity use. For example, they used less electricity, less heat, and someone switched to “green” electricity. 47% said that nothing had changed in their life.
According to Bitkom, 16% of those surveyed made a significant change in the process of energy consumption, 32% – at least a little. Matthias Hartmann, a member of the Bitkom Executive Committee, believes that in connection with the hostilities in Ukraine, many people have become enthusiastic about saving electricity.
How do Germans save energy
According to the survey, 59% of respondents are keen to make sure all their devices are turned off at home. 42% are increasingly activating the power saving feature on laptops and smartphones. What’s more, 22% are dimming screens to save money.
However, not all residents are in a hurry to take such drastic measures advocated by Robert Habeck. The Economy Minister gave Germans advice on how to save more energy. For example, when the temperature in the apartment drops by one degree, you can save about 6% of energy. The minister believes that the situation is not comfortable, but it allows you to save money. So far, most respondents have resorted to only secondary measures.
But even small steps can help reduce consumption. Reducing consumption will reduce dependence on Russian gas. According to the survey, 9 out of 10 Germans believe that Germany should become independent of Russian gas as soon as possible.
“Even small actions that do not limit daily comfort can make an important contribution to climate protection and reduce dependence on Russian energy imports,” Hartmann said. He added that turning off the lights in the house frequently and reducing the consumption of hot water will help reduce energy consumption.
What is “green” electricity?
It is a type of electricity that is produced from sources that are less harmful to the environment. “Green” energy is generated from alternative energy sources – from the sun, wind, water and biomass.
Germany is among the leading countries in the use of this energy. In 2020 alone, about 50% of households used electricity from renewable energy sources. Moreover, by 2023, Germany wants to introduce “green” electricity into trains.
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