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Energy prices: In 2022, one in ten respondents had not heated their home by the end of November


Energy costs are rising rapidly, which is noticeable in heating behavior in Germany: According to the survey, ten percent of the households have not had a stove or heating. The rest often warms up on the back burner.

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Many a person might look at the next gas bill with concern.

After all, massive additional costs are to be expected, with the consequences of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine being the biggest price driver.

According to a survey, this is reflected in the behavior of many people in Germany.

Every tenth German citizen has not yet heated up in late autumn, despite partly wintry temperatures.

This was the result of a representative survey by the opinion research institute YouGov on behalf of the dpa news agency.

By contrast, the vast majority (90 percent) had already used the stove or heating system by the end of November – but had noticeably changed their heating behavior: 68 percent heat less this season than in the same period last year.

According to their own statements, around half of them even heat up significantly less.

Many heating systems are operated with fossil fuels such as oil or gas - this pollutes the environment.

However, this does not seem to be a decisive argument for the respondents who stated that they save.

According to the results, only six percent would like to protect the climate by heating less.

More than every second person (56 percent), on the other hand, turns down the regulator to save money.

20 percent heat less because of higher outside temperatures and 15 percent would like to make a contribution to security of supply through the reduction.

Many consumers therefore seem to be heeding the federal government's call to save energy.

Due to the increased prices and an impending gas shortage, they recommend lowering the room temperature or using water-saving shower heads.

The price brake should take effect in March

In addition, private households are to be financially relieved by the electricity and gas price brake announced for March 2023.

The price should be capped for 80 percent of consumption.

The normal market price must be paid for the remaining consumption.

Saving should therefore be rewarded.

Gas prices have doubled or even tripled for many suppliers this year.

Nevertheless, the majority of those surveyed (78 percent) stayed with the same heating system as last year.

At least 7 percent stated that they wanted to keep their apartment or house warm this winter more with the stove or fireplace than with the built-in heating system.

Half of them do this because it is financially cheaper.

A good one in three would like to save on scarce energy sources and almost one in four considers heating with wood to be more climate-friendly.

Respondents could select multiple answers.

Information on the methodology: The data used is based on a representative survey by the opinion research institute YouGov on behalf of the dpa news agency.

Between November 29th and 30th, 2022, 2040 people took part nationwide.


Source: spiegel

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