Energy Use in Germany

Waste of energy in German households varies greatly.

A survey shows that especially the new federal states are wasting much less energy in the household than the elderly, the average household can save around 800 euros a year through simple energy saving measures

A recent survey shows that there are large regional differences in energy saving in Germany. Above all, the old federal states are among the leaders in energy consumption, especially in Southern Germany. The new federal states, on the other hand, are clearly ahead in terms of energy saving. A German average household can save around 800 euros per year by simple energy saving measures.

For the prestigious survey, Grünspar surveyed almost 1500 households from all over Germany in the course of its campaign “Germany Greened” according to their equipment for energy-saving household solutions to save electricity, water and heating costs. How many old light bulbs are still in use? Are smart home solutions, switchable socket outlets or water-saving shower heads used?

Energy is wasted when a household consumes energy, which it could also save by simple measures. For example by the replacement of light bulbs against LEDs or by the use of intelligent heating control, switchable socket outlets and water-saving shower heads.

The result shows that there are large regional differences in the use of more energy-efficient and energy-saving alternatives.

Above all in the new federal states, much less energy is wasted. The waste is between 580 euros and 770 euros per household. The German metropolitan regions, such as Hamburg, Bremen, Berlin, the Ruhr, Munich, Hanover and Frankfurt are pioneers in energy saving.

The old federal states are wasting much more energy per household. The most backward in terms of private energy saving is Southern Germany with the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Bavaria. Here is the average usage per household over 870 euros. This is about 200 euros more than in Frankfurt, Hamburg or Saxony.

For the high energy consumption above all old light bulbs, devices in the standby mode, unregulated heaters and non-water-saving shower heads and faucets provide. Through simple measures in these areas, a German average household could save around € 800 a year, with a one-time investment of around € 500.

The rising electricity prices have been the best argument for saving energy.Grünspar Founder and Managing Director Sebastian Kotzwander emphasizes: “Energy saving is particularly important because it gives consumers control over their own energy consumption and reduces costs sustainably.”

About Green Savings

Grünspar was founded in August 2010 by Sebastian Kotzwander in Münster.The company sells energy- and resource-saving products through its own online shop In addition, as a software-as-a-service provider, Grünspar operates more than 100 white-label shops for energy suppliers in Europe. The company currently employs 35 people at its sites in Münster and Vienna.

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Notes to the survey: The survey was conducted online and had nearly 1500 participants. The calculation for energy consumption is based on the average possible savings of the individual energy saving measures and does not take into account the real electricity costs on site. The savings calculations of our products were used as the basis for the calculation of the energy consumption or the possible savings. Details for each product can be found on the respective product page under “Sparpotential”. For the calculation of the saving by LEDs, this model served to save water these flow limiters and theseextractor heads , to save heating costs this intelligent heating control and the following socket strip. We have exhausted average heating costs of 8 cents / kWh, for hot water of 10.69 euros / m³ and 20 cents / kWh for electricity (current prices are still significantly higher). In our presentations, we were inspired by the very successful electricity price atlas of electricity  information.