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Hambuger Alster fir shines shorter this year

This year, too, there will be an illuminated Alster fir in its usual place on the Binnenalster.

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Hambuger Alster fir shines shorter this year

This year, too, there will be an illuminated Alster fir in its usual place on the Binnenalster. In order to save energy, the Christmas tree will not be lit 24 hours a day as usual from the end of November, but only from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., as the Mitte district office announced on Wednesday.

“The Alster fir with its lights has always conveyed confidence in the Advent season. We don't want to do without that, especially in these difficult times," said district office manager Ralf Neubauer. Due to the reduced lighting time, this is possible with significant energy savings. The electricity consumption for the Alster fir was around 9,600 kWh in total last year, it said.

A decision in Berlin was not about saving energy, but about relieving the burden on citizens. Hamburg's finance senator Andreas Dressel has welcomed the reduction in value added tax on district heating planned by the Berlin traffic light coalition. "Very good news for Hamburg from the Finance Committee of the Bundestag," said the SPD politician on Wednesday in Hamburg. "The fact that VAT for district heating will also be reduced from 19 to 7 percent from October 2022 to March 2024 is an important signal for the many district heating customers ahead of a difficult winter." Hamburg is traditionally a district heating city. "Around 500,000 households will benefit from this temporary reduction in VAT," said Dressel.

In order to slow down the price increase in the energy crisis, two weeks ago the federal cabinet had already introduced a temporary reduction in value added tax to seven percent for gas. The Bundestag is to decide on Friday.

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