Germany decided on Further energy-saving measures. The cabinet has decided on further energy-saving measures that will contribute to securing the energy supply in the short and medium term. Among other things, less office space should be heated and buildings, monuments, and advertising spaces should no longer be illuminated at certain times.
In order to avoid an energy supply emergency in winter, politicians, companies, and consumers must continue to work together: Every kilowatt hour saved, whether by public institutions, citizens, or the economy, helps to reduce dependence on Russian gas supplies.
The regulations for short and medium-term energy-saving measures passed on Wednesday form the framework for this. They contain concrete measures for the coming heating period and the one after that and are aimed at public bodies, companies, and private households. In addition to saving gas, measures are also planned to reduce electricity consumption, as this will help to reduce the generation of electricity with gas.
It takes a national effort:
“The federal government is consistently pursuing its policy of becoming independent of Russian energy supplies,” said Robert Habeck, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection. “But it is also very important to save significantly more gas: in public administration, in companies, in as many private households as possible.
The ordinances passed in the cabinet today make an important contribution to this. We are facing a national effort, and it requires strong interaction between the state, business, and society, between the federal government, states, municipalities, social partners, trade unions, trade, and associations as well as civil society. Every contribution counts.”
The energy-saving measures also serve as a contribution to the implementation of the savings targets of the European Union. In view of the gas shortage artificially caused by Russia, the EU countries have committed themselves to reducing their gas consumption by at least 15 percent from August this year.
Faster information about increased gas prices:
Tenants can also voluntarily lower the room temperatures in their apartments if a higher minimum temperature has been contractually agreed upon, which is higher than would be necessary to protect the apartment from damage.
Consumers should be informed more quickly how much the gas prices for their heating are rising and thus be motivated to heat more sparingly. Private swimming and bathing pools may no longer be heated in an energy-intensive manner.
Heat less office space and turn off hot water:
In workplaces, the minimum room temperature is lowered by one degree Celsius. This is also the maximum temperature in public workplaces. A maximum of 19 degrees is allowed. Common areas where people are not permanently present may no longer be heated.
Hot water should be switched off where it is only used for washing hands, or the temperature should be reduced to the hygienic minimum.
Limit lighting of buildings, monuments, and advertising:
The use of luminous or light-emitting advertising systems is prohibited at certain times. This reduces unnecessary energy consumption, especially in the commercial, retail, and service sectors.
The lighting of buildings and monuments is prohibited unless it is necessary to maintain road safety or to ward off other hazards.
Building owners are obliged to optimize the heating systems in their buildings. This includes an examination of the heating system for basic adjustment deficiencies and the need for further measures. Owners of larger buildings should be obliged to have the heating system hydraulically balanced in order to achieve energy savings.
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