Wood is also becoming more expensive
Heating costs are rising significantly again
Rising energy prices are driving heating costs higher than they have been for years. This does not only apply to gas, oil and electricity, wood pellets will also soon become significantly more expensive. However, the high prices are often not reflected until next year. This can be a problem for many.
Consumers had to pay significantly more for heating last year – this year heating costs will rise even more. “Gas, oil and electricity heating costs are rising particularly sharply, as the analysis shows,” said non-profit consultancy co2online. Accordingly, heating an average 70 square meter apartment in an apartment building with natural gas and heating oil is likely to cost more than half – plus 67 percent for natural gas and plus 53 percent for diesel. This would be at least 550 euros more per year for gas and almost 500 euros for oil. For 2021, co2online has already recorded a cost increase of 20 percent (natural gas) and 51 percent (heating oil) for these two energy sources.
While the costs of wood pellets remained relatively stable in 2021, according to the analysis, this energy source is also affected by a significant increase in prices in the current year: heating with wood is set to become more expensive by 54 percent, i.e. by around 310 euros. on average per apartment. “Such a sharp rise in heating costs has never been seen since the heated mirror was first published in 2005,” said co2online chief executive Tanja Loitz. “What is already a lot on average can be significantly more in individual cases,” added Loitz.
The big bills won’t come until 2023
For many households, the higher costs would only come after next year’s bill. “Households should adapt to this in time and act accordingly.” According to the company, the basis of the analysis is more than 190,000 statements for the year 2021, as well as current price and meteorological data.
But the consultancy still sees far-reaching savings potential. “In an apartment with 70 square meters and gas central heating in an apartment building, the savings potential is on average 640 euros per year,” said co2online. 90 percent of all households still use too much energy for heating. “Most people misjudge their consumption and the impact of even the smallest measures on costs,” it said.