Freezing against Putin: Large housing company dials down heating
All signs point to a looming energy crisis and the impacts are approaching fast. Germany's largest real estate group, the housing company Vonovia, is now giving its tenants a taste of what's in store for them this winter: icy cold flats.
Published: July 9, 2022, 3:37 pm
At Vonovia, the heating temperature of the gas central heating systems is currently being lowered at night. This is to reduce gas consumption. The output will be reduced to 17 degrees room temperature between 11 pm and 6 am, the company announced on Thursday. During the day, heating will be on as usual. The hot water supply is also not affected. No restrictions on showering or bathing are expected yet.
The change in heating temperature is to take place before the start of the heating season. In a tenant notice, Vonovia stressed that with this step, the company wanted to contribute by being a responsible landlord in saving gas and limiting heating costs. The night-time reduction would save up to 8 percent of heating costs.
Vonovia owns more than 550 000 flats in Germany, Sweden and Austria. In addition, there are around 72 500 managed flats.
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