Electricity in you apartment works automatically from day one but you want to change the electricity supplier
You are automatically signed up with an electricity contract for your flat with the so called Grundversorger which is usually the biggest electricity company in your neighborhood. It is often also the most expensive tarif. You are contacted by the Grundversorger to confirm the contract a week or so after moving into the flat.
You should act if you want cheaper or cleaner electricity. Changing suppliers is very easy and your new electricity company handles the switch without interruption after you signed up and notifies your old supplier to terminate the old contract.
Your monthly deductions in the first year will be based on estimates. The new electricity supplier will ask you about the flat size and estimate the energy consumption. You automatically get money back at the end of the year if you payed too much and your monthly rate will be adjusted.
How can I compare tarifs for electricity companies near me?
You can easily compare prices from electricity providers in Germany by entering your address on one of these websites:
We recommend Greenpeace and Naturstrom as clean electricity providers
You should be aware that while many companies offer so called green or environmental friendly energy, big companies like Vattenfall or RWE are or were involved with nuclear and coal based electricity. RWE sued against the shutdown of two German nuclear power plants in 2011 after Germany decided for a nuclear phase-out source.
The following eneryg providers were never involved in nuclear or coal energy and offer 100% clean electricity:
- Greenpeace is one of the biggest independent energy providers in Germany.
- Naturstrom. This provider is active since 1998 and uses only renewable energy half of which is from water and wind energy in Germany source.
- Polarstern. Founded in 2011 this company only sells electricity from small hyydroelectric power plants.
Other green electricity providers: