Unaffordable heating costs: Osnabrück sets up “heat islands” for citizens

Winter arrives in Germany and temperatures drop significantly. But many people still leave the heating off because they can no longer afford the exploding heating costs. Osnabrück now wants to “make an offer” to these people, as the NDR reports.

Winter is here, temperatures are plummeting. Nevertheless, many people leave the heating off because they simply can no longer afford the exploding heating costs. According to that NDR the city of Osnabrück is now making “an offer” to these people.

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From Tuesday, she will set up so-called “heat islands”. The campaign is aimed at people who are so forced to save due to the increased prices that they almost completely do without heating at home, Osnabrück’s First City Councilor Wolfgang Beckermann said NDR.

According to the report, the heat islands can be visited from Tuesday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Heinz-Fitschen-Haus and from Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Lerchenstraße community center.

According to calculations by the Federal Statistical Office, energy prices in Germany rose by 35.6 percent between August 2021 and August 2022. However, the specific figures for heating oil, gas and electricity are even more frightening.

In August, the inflation rate for heating oil was 111.5 percent compared to the previous year, for natural gas 83.8 percent and for electricity 16.6 percent. In August 2022, power plants had to pay 269.1 percent more for natural gas than in the same month last year.

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