Energy prices are soaring to unprecedented levels, and the end of the hike in prices also does not seem to be in sight any time soon. That is why the Dutch government has decided to intervene. From 1 January 2023, a price cap will apply to all households and low-volume consumers. This measure is valid for the whole year. We will explain to you what this exactly means, as well as give some handy tips on how to conserve energy.
A MAXIMUM FOR ELECTRICITY
The government has decided that the maximum rate for electricity will be reduced to €0.40 per kWh (kilowatt hour). This was previously €0.70. In addition, the electricity consumption covered by the price cap will be increased from 2,400 kWh to 2,900 kWh. This means that a larger share of electricity consumption falls under the cap and households/small-volume consumers pay less. Do you use more than that? Then you will have to pay the price agreed to in your energy contract.
Over the coming years, the government also wants to invest in information on energy conservation. This involves, among other things, promoting heat pumps, insulation and, of course, solar panels in households. These are investments that in the long term will lead to tremendous savings.
A FEW HANDY TIPS
- Turn your heating down at night! You don’t have to turn it off completely, but by turning it down by just a few degrees, e.g. to 15 degrees C, you can already save a lot.
- Did you know that appliances also use power when they are on standby? So unplug your TV or coffee machine if you will be away from home for a long time!
- It sounds very simple, but close inside doors and switch off lights in rooms where you are no longer present. This prevents that this energy is wasted.
- Close the curtains in the evening. This is the best way to keep the heat inside.
The greatest tip we can give here at Sunleaves is to invest in solar panels. Solar panels yield a lot of money in the long run because the sun actually provides free energy. Even in winter, you save an enormous amount. Click here for more information or get in contact with us!