Germany has been investing in alternative energy sources a great deal since the turn of the century, but that does not mean that energy prices in Germany have been going down for consumers. For the most part, prices have been skyrocketing on a yearly basis.

In Germany, the average price for a home energy bill is $129 a month. Unfortunately, that’s three times the average of prices here in the US. Germans are turning off appliances in the middle of the day and just hoping they can keep their bills lower.

The problem is that Germany spent too much money investing in alternative energy and shut down nuclear power plants after the Japanese tsunami created a nuclear disaster. So, consumers in the country will have to wait for the alternative energy to pay for itself as well as for the infrastructure to catch up with the loss of the shuttered power plants. Then, prices may begin to go down.