The Russians use 3.5-4 times less electric power than the Germans and the French do

30 may 2016 | Rossiyskaya Gazeta

The energy efficiency of the Russian economy may increase by a factor of 1.5 over the next 5 years, allowing it to get close to the Western Europe, the US, China and Japan on this count. To achieve that, major companies and households must be encouraged to switch to energy efficient technologies. However, it has to be said that Russian households are already using 3.5-4 times less power than the Germans or the French do, the Analytical Center expert Evgeny Gasho told Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

Evgeny Gasho
Evgeny Gasho
Department for Expert Analytics

“We are using about 1,000 kW/h per person per year and in some warmer regions this figure is 550-600 kW/h. In the meantime, in France and Germany the consumption is 3,500-4,000 kW/h per person per year,” the expert explained.

The explanation for this discrepancy is that most Russian households rely on centralized heating and centralized water supply while the Europeans tend to use their own water heaters and independent heating systems that use electricity. In addition, a much higher percentage of Russians use gas stoves while the developed countries have switched to induction stoves.

Source: Rossiyskaya Gazeta