Some German cities will be allowing municipal swimming pools and sports facilities to offer only cold showers as well as to switch off public lighting and fountains in order to reduce energy consumption by 15%.
The decision comes in response to the European Commission’s suggestion to reduce energy consumption due to the Ukrainian war with Russia.
Hanover, a city in northwest Germany, announced the implementation of several emergency energy-saving measures on Wednesday.
In public buildings, hot water will no longer be available — meaning that the showers and bathrooms in city-run sports facilities will now run only cold water.
Public fountains will be shut off, and public monuments will remain in the dark as the electricity to them will be shut off.
Heating and cooling regulations will be implemented in order to prepare for the anticipated winter energy crisis.
City-operated buildings will run on reduced heat between the months of October and March and will ban mobile air conditioners, space heaters, and high-energy light fixtures (which will be replaced with low-energy, motion-sensitive LED lights).
However, the national government in Berlin is taking more aggressive steps.
A draft law that was released Thursday would have consumers paying an additional 1.5 to 5 euro cents fee per kilowatt hour with the proceeds being distributed among energy companies that are struggling to replace Russian gas.
Earlier this month, Russia turned off its gas pipeline for ten straight days, citing an alleged need for maintenance.
Shortly after resuming operation, the state-run energy giant announced that the pipeline would only carry 20% of its maximum capacity moving forward.
In response, the European Commission advised its members to prepare for a complete shutdown of natural gas