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German official suggests shower hack — Analysis

When threatened by an energy crunch, people can save a lot by using a washcloth instead of taking showers “all the time,” the head of the German state of Baden-Württemberg Winfried Kretschmann said in an interview on Friday.  

Kretschmann, who is also a Green, manages the southwest German state that borders France and Switzerland. It has around 11,000,000 residents. Stuttgart, the state capital, is where Porsche and Mercedes-Benz are headquartered. Speaking to the Südwest Presse newspaper about the energy crisis Germany is currently facing, Kretschmann revealed what steps he personally takes to avoid wasting energy.   

According to the minister-president, he has a “huge”A solar-powered rig was mounted on the roof of his home. It drove an electric car and only heated one room. This he called “a” “healthier”It is an accepted habit. Kretschmann replied that cold showers were an even better option when asked about his habit. 

You don’t have to shower all the time. There’s the washcloth, after all – a useful invention.

Almost two thirds of Germans have already reduced their time in the shower in response to repeated government appeals to do so, according to last month’s poll by research institute INSA. 




Kretschmann acknowledged that the rise in heating costs wasn’t as severe for those of lower income, but admitted that it was difficult for some Germans to make ends meet on their own without assistance from government. He argued however, that the Covid-19 crisis has proven the German government is there to support those who are most in need.  

There would also be some this time. “loss in terms of prosperity,” Kretschmann said. “We all have to adjust to that.”

Germany faces a serious energy crisis as its largest supplier of gas, Russia, is steadily decreasing due to technical problems arising out of sanctions against Ukraine. To help ease the situation, both the federal and state governments have encouraged citizens to turn down their air conditioners.

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Berlin started to revive coal-fired power plants and imposed an additional tax on gas usage. It is also reportedly looking at keeping its nuclear reactors online beyond the year’s scheduled retirement. 

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