Whether it’s heating or water consumption: the majority of people in Germany have changed their behavior in view of the increased energy costs.

According to a survey, people in Germany are more conscious of the use of energy for heat supply in view of the increased prices.

This is shown by a representative survey by the Federal Association of Energy and Water Management (BDEW). Of the 1,200 people surveyed, more than three quarters (77 percent) stated that they had changed their behavior in recent months and tried to save energy when heating or using hot water. Only about one in five (19 percent) said they had not changed their behavior.

Federal Economics and Climate Protection Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) will present a new energy saving campaign by the federal government on Friday afternoon (12.15 p.m.).

Support came from the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce. “Now is a good time to work together on many channels to save energy,” said Deputy General Manager Achim Dercks. «Where we can get by with less energy in companies, in the public sector and in private households, we should do so. This helps to ensure security of supply in all areas of life and also saves money.” The economy is ready to use its potential for energy-efficient production and management.

BDEW: Prices have influenced the use of energy

“Due to the war of aggression in Ukraine and the rising energy prices, our use of energy has become even more important,” said BDEW boss Kerstin Andreae. “There are still ways to save energy in almost every household.”

According to the survey, around two thirds (67 percent) named the increased costs as the main motivation for using energy more sparingly. Around one in five (19 percent) saves for reasons of environmental protection, 5 percent named the Ukraine war as the main reason.

Most respondents have taken several measures to save energy on heating and hot water. Around every second person stated that they had lowered the room temperature (56 percent), paid more attention to turning the heating down when leaving the house (52 percent) or heated fewer rooms (48 percent). Taking less or shorter showers and more airing are further measures. 13 percent have programmable thermostats installed on their radiators.