Opinion firm, YouGov, also found that despite the cold weather a tenth of all German household were not heating their homes at all as of the end of November.

In October, it was reported that suppliers of firewood saw a surge in sales across the country, as heating costs soar due to skyrocketing gas and electricity prices.
In October, it was reported that suppliers of firewood saw a surge in sales across the country, as heating costs soar due to skyrocketing gas and electricity prices. (Michael Probst / AP)

More than half of German households had heated their homes less this season than in the same period last year despite the drop in temperature, according to a new survey published on Tuesday.

The survey conducted by the opinion research institute, YouGov, found that as of the end of November, about 68 percent of people heated their homes less compared to Year 2021, changing their behaviour on heating.

The survey also found that by the end of November, one out of 10 German households had not turned on the heat in their homes.

Since the start of the Ukraine war in February, the price of gas in Germany has at times doubled, electricity has become a quarter more expensive and prices at gas stations have risen to record levels of more than 2.20 euros ($2.31) per liter.

Heating oil also rose sharply in price.

Overall, some 90 percent of the people surveyed said they had already switched on the stove or heating by the end of last month, according to YouGov, which conducted the survey on behalf of the German Press Agency, DPA.

Out of total respondents, 56 percent heat less to save money, 20 percent heat less due to higher outdoor temperatures, and 15 percent say they want to contribute to security of supply in the country.

For those surveyed, it apparently does not matter whether their heating is powered by fossil fuels, as only six percent said they want to protect the climate by heating less.

In October, it was reported that suppliers of firewood saw a surge in sales across the country, as heating costs soar due to skyrocketing gas and electricity prices.

Roughly half of Germany’s homes are heated with natural gas and another 25 percent use heating oil, while less than six percent use firewood.

Still, suppliers of the raw material struggled to keep up, leading to firewood scarcity over the summer, with the Germany’s Federal Firewood Association reporting a shortage.

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Source: TRTWorld and agencies