A question for our German members -

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ampaterry, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    I have an aquaintance in Germany who says his electricity was turned off in November for lack of payment.

    My daughter said when she lived there, this was illegal to do in the winter.

    Can anyone verify what the current German laws are about this?
     
  2. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    Australia
    Germany used to have nationalised power but has been selling off the assets to make public/private partnerships and the games changed , the rules protecting pensioners and the aged have changed a lot i have read

    what they full impact is i dont know , but know they are protesting the changes in a big way
     

  3. mjp28

    mjp28 Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2011
    anytown, OHIO
    It's going to be an "interesting" 2012 in the Euro Zone for sure!
     
  4. Zhurh

    Zhurh Active Member

    Mar 19, 2010
    Upper Yukon, Alaska
    I guess they haven't ever heard about wood stoves or maybe they just had too much money to spend for too long.

    I've never had the juice shut off, but when fuel oil went above a buck years back (was using 2000 gal/year in oil fired boiler) I hooked up a wood stove in basement & wood cook stove upstairs; saves me 12K/year which I will squirrel away & pay my elec bill on time no matter how high she goes, ha ha.
     
  5. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
    I lived there for 2 yrs while I was in the army back in 77-78 and I had coal oil heat but I rented a downstairs apartment from a german landlord that supplied the electric included in the rent. But that was years ago. I would think any utility company has a winter rule they have to abide by.
     
  6. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    I don't think they have a lot of wood in Europe Shurh, at least not enough to burn for heat.

    Ampaterry, I have no idea as to the situation over there.
     
  7. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    So we have no one here in Germany?

    OK, I will try to figure out how to contact the electrical utility company for this area, and see if anyone there speaks English - -
     
  8. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
    Germans are made to take English classes in school and most of them speak decent English. Some of the older generation folks didnt care to admit they spoke it but they did.
     
  9. Ledslnger

    Ledslnger New Member

    555
    Dec 12, 2011
    IA/IL
    If they are privatizing it, then the rules are probably looking close to what ours are. I have heard in the U.S. they won't shut your power off in the winter IF you have kids. If you don't they will. Just what I have heard over the years.
     
  10. Here in KY they will shut it off unless you go and arrange apayment plan. even if you can only afford $5-$10 a month on a payment plan during the winter they will not shut it off. IF kids, elderly, or disabled in the house; they have to work with you plus help find "assistance" in paying your utility bills especially in winter.
     
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