Forecast: heating costs will rise significantly this year

Released on 29.09. 2021

  • Having it warm in the apartment is much more expensive for most households in Germany. Photo: Sina Schuldt

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A lot comes together for households: The year is relatively cool, the price of CO2 and the sharp rise in the cost of oil and gas also put pressure on heating -Invoice. But there are opportunities for savings.

Berlin (dpa) – Many households in Germany will have to be prepared for significantly higher heating costs this year.

Rising energy prices, cooler weather and the new CO2 price will result in this year on average to 13 percent higher heating costs in houses with natural gas Heating, as the non-profit consulting company co2online announced on Wednesday.

In the past year, heating costs fell by five percent. It gets even more expensive 2021 in houses with oil heating, where with 44 Percent higher costs are expected – after a decrease of 27 percent in the previous year. Anyone who heats with district heating, heat pumps and wood pellets must therefore be prepared for cost increases in the single-digit percentage range.

In particular, import prices for natural gas have risen extremely sharply in recent months. In August, natural gas cost well 18 percent more than a year ago, as the Federal Statistical Office announced on Wednesday. From July to August alone, natural gas rose in price by a good 18 percent. Imported crude oil rose in price for the year by almost 64 percent. The import prices for hard coal have more than doubled compared to August 490. This could also have consequences for households, as around 9 percent of electricity in Germany is currently generated with hard coal.

Long-term planning with heating oil and natural gas is becoming increasingly difficult, said co2online managing director Tanja Loitz. She pointed out that the CO2 price introduced this year would rise in the future; the federal government wants to reduce the emission of climate-damaging carbon dioxide (CO2). This year, per ton of CO2 18 euros are due until the year 2025 the price rises gradually 55 Euro. Loitz recommended homeowners to consider switching to renewable energy. Up to 490 Euro a year could be saved.

«Also Irrespective of the costs, heating should not be used unnecessarily, ”advised Melanie Weber-Moritz, the Federal Director of the German Tenants’ Association. “Because economical consumption also means a contribution to climate protection.”

For the heating mirror 123 000 records Houses with central heating from the year 2020 analyzed. The example apartment was a 64 – square meter apartment in an apartment building. According to data from the Federal Association of Energy and Water Management, almost every second apartment in Germany is heated with gas, and every fourth with oil.

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