German Government Switches off Residents’ Water, Heating and Lighting

Germany is preparing for a massive energy crisis predicted to hit this winter. So, the country is turning off people’s warm water and turning off lights to try and combat the potential consequences likely to be suffered in the future.

The city of Hanover is cutting its energy consumption. Some of the stringent rules put in place will be between October 1 and March 31. For example, municipal builders in Hanover must keep temperatures under 68F. In addition, mobile air conditioning and fan heaters are banned in the city.

Residents will be forced to take cold showers, not in their homes but at city-run facilities. Public buildings, swimming pools and gyms will have their hot water shut off by force.

“The situation is unpredictable. Every kilowatt hour counts, and protecting critical infrastructure has to be a priority,” said Green Party member and Hanover Mayor Belit Onay. “We are facing hard times due to the Russian aggression on Ukraine. And as we see that there’s a looming gas shortage, this is a major challenge for municipalities.”

“I think everyone, not only the municipalities — the federal government also, and also every single person in Germany — is needed for this. Everyone has to save energy as much as possible so we can get through the winter,” Onsay continued. “Otherwise … in December or January, we will have much bigger problems than lighting or the showers.”

However, it is not just Hanover that will be affected. The German city of Munich will turn off spotlights illuminating its town hall. In addition, warm water will be shut off in the third largest city’s municipal offices.

Several public swimming pools will be drained and not run in Nuremberg.

“Vonovia, the country’s largest residential landlord, said it would be lowering the temperature of its tenants’ gas central heating to 17C (62F) between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.,” the Financial Times reported. “A housing association in the Saxon town of Dippoldiswalde, near the Czech border, went a step further this week, saying it was rationing the supply of hot water to tenants. From now on, they can only take hot showers between 4 a.m. – 8 a.m., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.”

Hot water in schools and gyms will no longer be allowed nationwide in German cities.

With the Biden administration removing the United States’ ability to be energy independent, it may be only a matter of time before our country adopts energy-saving operations like that of Germany.