If OberhausenEssen or Gelsenkirchen: The extremely high prices for electricity and gas bring many people in the Ruhr area to the brink of despair.
In Oberhausen a local resident is considering drastic measures in view of the explosion in electricity prices. But others don’t think much of his idea.
Oberhausen: save electricity through boycott?
In the past few weeks and months, many customers without fixed prices have already had to bite the bullet. For new customers, the monthly deductions rose almost immeasurably.
In a local Facebook group, an Oberhausener shares his concern. He still has a fixed price until January 2023. But what then? For fear of exploding costs, the man from Oberhausen is openly considering simply removing all the fuses: “I’m not saying that this is easy. But doable with a little preparation.” In the group, he looks for fellow sufferers.
This is the city of Oberhausen:
- the area of today’s urban area of Oberhausen belonged to different rulers until the end of the 18th century
- almost 211,000 inhabitants, three districts and 26 districts
- bears the nickname “cradle of the Ruhr industry” because of the St. Antony ironworks that went into operation in 1758 (the first in the Ruhr area).
- Landmarks among others: the Gasometer, the Centro shopping center and the Castle
- Mayor is Daniel Schranz (CDU)
Oberhausen shakes his head: “How is that supposed to work?”
But the idea of Oberhausener is largely rejected. Many list all the things electricity is needed for (heating, internet, refrigerator, mobile phone, stove, light, etc.). “How is that supposed to work without electricity? You could possibly do without gas. Then you just buy a sleeping bag, but you can’t do without electricity completely,” says one and advises: “Just turn on the essentials.”
Others point to children and the need to do laundry and take warm showers. A resident of Oberhausen praises the will of the radical energy saver: “This is boycott in its purest form,” but adds, “and at the same time it’s the dumbest thing I’ve heard in a long time.”
Everyone agrees: it doesn’t work without electricity. But in many corners there is still potential for savings. One woman from Oberhausen writes: “You should think about whether the whole apartment needs to be lit up like a Christmas tree, for example when I’m sitting in the living room and the TV is on.”