Germany: lowering temperatures in homes to save gas

Germany: lowering temperatures in homes to save gas

The head of the Federal Network Agency is in favor of lowering the minimum temperature to which homeowners must heat homes in winter, a proposal made by the National Housing Association after Russian energy giant Gazprom decided to reduce gas flows to Germany.

In response to supply cuts imposed by Gazprom, the German Housing and Real Estate Association, GdW, called for minimum house temperatures to be drastically reduced to 18 degrees Celsius during the day and 16 degrees Celsius at night. , in case the Russian gas supply is interrupted again.

This proposal was supported on Thursday (16 June) by Klaus Müller, the president of the Federal Network Agency in charge of the country’s gas supply, in the Rheinische Post.

In Germany, landlords are currently required to guarantee a minimum temperature of 20 to 22 degrees Celsius in the apartments they rent out in winter.

“The state could temporarily reduce the heating thresholds – this is a subject we are discussing with politicians”did he declare.

However, the tenants’ association (the DMB) declares that it opposes this idea.

The organization’s president, Lukas Siebenkotten, called the proposal “too simple” in an interview with Funke Media Group.

“Older people often catch cold more easily than young people. Asking them indiscriminately to use extra coverage cannot be the solution,” he explained.

Gazprom recently announced a 40% reduction in gas flows through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.

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