(BBC) Due to the Russian gas crisis, the German city of Hannover has cut off the heating and switched to cold showers in all public buildings.
After Russia significantly reduced Germany’s gas supplies, it is the first major city to turn off the hot water.
Germans have been warned to prepare for significant gas conservation efforts as well as increased energy bill costs.
Additionally, the EU has decided to reduce its need for Russian gas by 15% this winter.
Hanover, a city in northern Germany, has decided that hot water would no longer be offered for hand washing in public buildings or in showers at swimming pools, sports arenas, and gyms in an effort to conserve energy.
To save energy, public fountains are also being turned off, and there won’t be any nighttime lighting on significant structures like the town hall and museums.
In response to a “imminent gas scarcity,” which posed a substantial problem for large cities, Mayor Belit Onay stated that the objective was to lower the city’s energy use by 15%.
The same regulations apply to heating. Room temperatures in public buildings are regulated to a maximum of 20C for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions, and are prohibited from being heated from April through the end of September each year.
Additionally, the city has banned portable heaters, air conditioners, and radiators.
The strategy is consistent with statements made by Berlin last week as Germany rushes to increase its reserves in advance of the winter.
In an effort to prevent energy providers from going bankrupt in the coming months, Germany confirmed on Thursday that a planned gas fee on customers may be significantly higher than initially anticipated. Economy Minister Robert Habeck stated, “We can’t predict for sure how much gas will cost in November, but the unpleasant news is that it’s definitely going to be a few hundred euros per home.”
According to some accounts, the charge may increase a family’s annual expenses by €500 (£420).
Germany has relied on Russian gas for a long time to meet its energy demands, but more recently, Germany has claimed that Russia has cut off the supply as punishment for EU sanctions related to the conflict in Ukraine, a claim that Russia disputes.
Compared to before the war, when Russian gas shipments accounted for more than half of the country’s needs, today they only supply roughly a quarter.