The wood stove. The only thing that Markus Hörmann sometimes misses from his previous life is “the pleasant warmth of the fireplace, the crackling and flickering on cold winter evenings”. His wife had spoken to the master electrician in his conscience: if he was serious about the private energy transition, if he wanted to convince customers and neighbors, friends and relatives that one could live without blowing a single gram of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the air, then the wood stove would also have to go. On principle. And for credibility. “I saw that,” says Hörmann.
When the Hörmanns moved into their new house in Zusmarshausen near Augsburg a good 19 months ago, the stove from the old house did not come with them. Now the family of six does not use oil, gas, wood, district heating or any other conventional heating. Only a photovoltaic system on the roof supplies them with energy. The Hörmanns have completely separated from the electricity and gas networks.