The same electricity comes out of the socket all over Germany. But that doesn’t mean it costs the same everywhere. The electricity price atlas shows the stark price differences between districts and federal states.

Electricity prices have skyrocketed in recent months, hitting many consumers hard. What very few people know: How much is paid varies greatly depending on where you live and can save hundreds of euros a year.

As the “Electricity Price Atlas” impressively shows, the price differences are not only enormous from state to state, but also from one district to the next. We will show you how the interactive map works.

When you open the Electricity Price Atlas web app, you’ll see a colored breakdown by county. This has the following meaning:

The legend applies both to the overview by administrative district and by federal state as a whole. In the latter list, on average Saarland and Bremen are among the only countries marked in green.

Move the mouse over your district and you will see what the cheapest provider and the local basic supplier cost – the price difference is also displayed. This will give you a quick idea of ​​how much you could possibly save by switching.

According to the electricity price atlas, these strong price differences are due to various factors. Regional competition between electricity providers is one reason for the different prices.

In rural areas, there are generally fewer electricity providers, which quickly leads to monopolies and thus higher prices than in urban areas with many providers and more competition.

However, an examination of the tariffs by Check24 also sees a reversal of this long-term trend in many places, with consumers in rural areas getting off 1.2 percent cheaper on average.

The different network charges for the transmission of electricity are also a factor, which means that electricity costs are often even higher in the new federal states. This price gap is closing, however, by 2023 the electricity price level should be uniform nationwide.