Mainz (dpa / lrs) – For the prime minister of Rhineland-Palatinate Malu Dreyer, saving energy is a “civic duty” due to climate change, exacerbated by Russian aggression, and citizens can have a big impact on financial results – said an SPD politician in the German Press Agency in Mainz. “Personally, I have for a long time made sure – also with a view to sustainability – that my energy and resource consumption is as low as possible.”
“Anyone can make a difference,” says opposition leader Christian Baldauf. “I want to make a small contribution,” emphasizes the leader of the state and the parliamentary group of the CDU. “I am an avid cyclist and I cycle a lot to avoid the car. This way, I keep fit at the same time. ” Baldauf wants to use heating “only to a limited extent” in winter. His family in Frankenthal has a solar PV system on the roof. And they turn off the standby function of electrical devices.
“Question your own consumption,” advises Integration Minister Katharina Binz. “Don’t throw things away, but fix them, if possible walk or ride a bike,” says the green politician, describing his line. “In the last few weeks, I’ve noticed little things that I’m paying more attention to now.” As an example, the Deputy Prime Minister cites: “I completely turn off unnecessary devices to avoid wear and tear in the standby mode. And when cooking, I take care to use the residual heat, I always cover the pot with a lid and cook pasta and eggs with as little water as possible. “
The leader of the FDP parliamentary group, Philipp Fernis, emphasizes: “People don’t need any saving tips from politicians. Everyone knows best where and how they can reduce their own energy consumption in everyday life. ” He himself is “very lucky to live in a new building that meets the latest energy standards,” says Fernis. “My company car is a hybrid. This offers relatively few additional savings opportunities. Of course, I pay attention to the smaller things, such as not leaving the lights on unnecessarily. ”
“I do what all Germans do: save money where possible,” says Joachim Streit, chairman of the parliamentary group of Free Voters. “In particular, we are converting a hybrid vehicle back to diesel.” State President Stephan Wefelscheid is saving on travel. “I do not fly on vacation, but spend my days off on the family estate in Westerwald and source firewood for myself and my family.” For many years it heats mainly with wood, gas heating is almost never used. “I usually take the train from where I live in Koblenz to the House of Representatives in Mainz.”
“I dry the laundry outside instead of in the dryer and cycle to local meetings,” says Bernhard Braun, head of the Green parliamentary group in the state parliament. Even so, he still found the savings potential: “I donated a state-owned company car with an internal combustion engine and use my private electric car instead. I charge it with renewable energy where possible. ” Besides, it uses stairs instead of the elevator. “It saves energy and keeps you in good shape.”
The minister of education, Stefanie Hubig, no longer uses the tumble dryer, makes sure that electronic devices do not use unnecessary electricity in standby mode, and reduces the lighting. The SPD politician leaves the car at home more and more often. “And when I drive a hybrid car on the highway, I put a speed limit on myself.” Hubig has another tip: “You can also save energy by buying regional sustainable products and also do something good to protect the climate.”
The Minister of Justice Herbert Mertin installed solar collectors on the roof of his house, which are used to heat tap water. Therefore, no gas is required to produce hot water. The FDP politician also has a solar tank in the basement, which can also be used on less sunny days.
“We have solar cells on the roof and heating with a wood pellet heating system. We already have many LED lamps at home and now we will also replace the last remaining lamps with LEDs, informs Minister of Health Clemens Hoch. “As a family of five, we know that everyone is careful not to waste resources,” says an SPD politician. “We try to avoid putting electrical appliances on standby, hanging laundry more often instead of using the dryer, and consistently turning off the lights when you absolutely don’t need them.”
Construction and Finance Minister Doris Ahnen (SPD) wants to take the bike more often. “I have been an enthusiastic user of the bike sharing system in Mainz for some time and use it or public transport, especially on weekends.”
Climate Protection Minister Katrin Eder does everything in Mainz by bike. “Three years ago, I disconnected my home from gas. Our water is heated by a solar system with a large tank, the heating is of course turned off in the summer ”- says the green politician. “Saving energy is not just a problem for me in the current crisis. In the evenings I go around the house and turn off the lights and electrical appliances everywhere. ‘
In addition to LED bulbs, switchable power strips and energy-saving household appliances, SPD parliamentary group president Sabine Bätzing-Lichtenthäler is trying to schedule her meetings so that she does not have to drive around from the rural Westerwald so often. . He makes several online meetings and also uses his little red electric car. In order to support the energy cycle in the long term from its own resources, the family applied for a photovoltaic installation. Thanks to a well-insulated house with an air heat pump, the Social Democrat tries to use her thermal energy as efficiently as possible in winter and rarely uses the chimney.
“Anyone and everyone can help save energy with the little things,” agrees Economy Minister Daniela Schmitt. It is based on the conscious use of energy, incl. by lowering the room temperature during the heating season and using electricity sparingly. – The minister likes to use the bicycle for private matters – says her spokeswoman. The FDP politician consciously buys from regional producers and supports retail and local business. “A small contribution can now help, as one of many building blocks, fill a storage facility and prevent a gas shortage in winter,” says Schmitt.
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