Is the fifty thousand electricity bill really coming?  What does the end of overhead reduction mean in practice?

Is the fifty thousand electricity bill really coming? What does the end of overhead reduction mean in practice?

The government’s announcement yesterday really shocked the country, and it is difficult to see clearly about the issue, so we turned to an expert.

The government declared an energy emergency, in connection with which an extraordinary government meeting was held. On July 13, as part of the Wednesday afternoon Government Info, it was announced what measures the cabinet is trying to take to deal with the situation. The crisis is so serious that they are also resorting to reducing overheads, which is considered one of the “miracle ingredients” of government communication.As is known, since 2013 the population in Hungary has had access to natural gas and electricity at a reduced price, but this was only an apparent measure , as depressed prices are reduced annually through state expenditures of more than a thousand billion forints managed to maintain it – writes the Kičmáló blog.

The government announcement amounts to an admission: the overhead reduction was unsustainable
(Photo: Unsplash/Daniele Franchi)
According to the change just announced, the discount period will end from the first of August, i.e. in two weeks: from here on, the utility reduction will only be reduced to the “
average consumption level ” applies, which in the case of electricity
in 210 kilowatt hours per month (annual breakdown in 2523 kilowatt hours), and in terms of natural gas was established at 144 cubic meters per month (1729 cubic meters per year). Anyone who exceeds this level must pay the market price for overconsumption. According to the calculations of, in terms of the electricity bill, this is up to 10-13 times, considering the consumption of natural gas and it can mean a 9-11 times increase compared to the usual prices, which were kept artificially low due to the reduction in overheads. And pointed out that, according to the statement of the Prime Minister Gergely Gulyás, the monthly average consumption is calculated from the annual consumption. What does this mean in practice, for the average consumer? For now, it is difficult to see clearly in the matter, as it is an extremely complex issue: it is not clear what happens to those who paid a flat rate for gas, just as it is not practical to simply apply the average from the annual consumption to the monthly consumption. After all, gas consumption decreases in summer, and air conditioners rest in winter. It is also not clear how much of a disadvantage it is for those whose heating is not gas, but electricity: is there any compensation in their case for not consuming natural gas at all?

There are still a lot of question marks regarding the fate of the overhead (Photo: Unsplash/EJ Strat) Portfolio also drew attention to a sentence by Gergely Gulyás, which was uttered towards the end of Wednesday’s Kormányinfo. According to this, the current measures do not apply to those who have district heating, they can continue to pay fixed prices due to the reduction in utilities. However, it is no longer clear at all who falls into this and how, as well as how and why the government distinguishes these families from other residential consumers. It is also not clear how they will handle, for example, households where even 2-3 generations live under one roof.We tried to see the issue a little more clearly, so we turned to energy expert Gábor Szűcs for help .
“If we only take electricity, the fact that in a given apartment or building the building mechanical systems are based on natural gas or electricity”
– said Gábor Szűcs.
“If we assume that only heating and hot water are gas-based systems and the rest operate with electricity then the average consumption of 210 kWh just determined is the average consumption of two, maximum three people, which includes cooling, as the consumption of air conditioners is typically significantly lower than what people usually think – emphasized the energy expert. Gábor Szűcs pointed out that the temperature difference is much greater in the winter than in the summer, and that cooling in the summer can be greatly improved by night ventilation, while this is not possible in the winter.

Many people overestimate the consumption of air conditioners (Photo: Unsplash/József Koller)
According to the specialist, a lot depends on what kind of household appliances work in the apartment, how old they are, what quality they are, just as it doesn’t matter whether they cook on an electric stove or with gas.
“Clear vision is made difficult by the fact that there are a lot of variation and combination options, as far as consumers are concerned, so it is only possible to say with a large standard deviation what to expect”
– explained the energy expert. A rezsi sorsával kapcsolatban egyelőre rengeteg a kérdőjel (Fotó: Unsplash/EJ Strat)What is certain is that when it comes to electricity and natural gas, A napelem jó dolog, de a spórolást az energiahatékonyság növelésével érdemes kezdeni (Fotó: Unsplash/Biel Morro) energy efficiency

is the most important factor to strive for – pointed out Gábor Szűcs.
“It is often said recently that By installing solar panels, we can replace the consumption”
– he explained.
“Basically, this sounds good, but this will not make our household energy efficient. Our consumption will not decrease, we will only buy the necessary energy from the grid. I I would proceed with improvements in this direction in the following order, starting with those that pay off the fastest – because this way I can generate a quasi-profit for myself, from which I can finance the rest. the windows will be replaced.”According to the specialist, by carrying out the above improvements on a building without insulation energy consumption can be reduced by more than 60 percent.
“Unfortunately, this is a very complex question, as there are as many buildings, as many cooling surfaces and heated volume ratios to be reckoned with”
– Gábor Szűcs pointed out the complexity of the problem.
“In addition, a lot depends on whether it is a property with a divided or simple surface, just as many different building engineering solutions can be used, and these factors are almost endless has a combination option.

Ahány ház, annyiféle energetikai megoldás (Fotó: Unsplash/Jon Moore)

The solar panel is a good thing, but you should start saving by increasing energy efficiency
(Photo: Unsplash/Biel Morro)
According to the energy expert, the most striking point of the current price increase is that those who switched to purely electricity-based heating solutions in the past – where there are electric radiators but no heat pump solutions – may now find themselves in a very difficult situation. According to the expert, the best combination is the heat pump and solar panel. What about electric cars?

Ahány ház, annyiféle energetikai megoldás (Fotó: Unsplash/Jon Moore) electric and hybrid cars right now are starting to spread, the fact that filling them up is significantly cheaper than gasoline/diesel vehicles has been a significant attraction for the purchase of similar vehicles, even though the Hungarian government has already introduced a price cap on fuel for some time, which in turn led to a significant increase in demand, and similar to overhead reduction, it is an unsustainable practice.
“Which is regarding the charging of electric cars, everything depends on whether the owner charges his vehicle with purchased energy at home, as well as on the ratio between the use of charging stations and charging at home”
– explained Gábor Szűcs.
“Here again solar systems are year comes into the picture, because those who are in the so-called annual balance settlement can do well, since this system – according to our current knowledge – will remain until the end of December next year, and the summer overproduction can be carried over to the winter period as well.” The fifty thousand will come electricity bill?

The recently announced provision mentioned at the beginning of the article could mean a price increase of up to tenfold for the electricity bill, so many people are preparing for a monthly electricity bill of up to 50-100 thousand forints.
“Real market prices always change, based on stock exchange rates, but at the end of June, a consumption limit similar to the current one was introduced for non-residential consumers, above which the budget does not support the electricity and gas bill”
– pointed out Gábor Szűcs.
“The According to the data available on the MVM Next website, this means that the price of electricity is HUF 90 gross per kilowatt hour, and for natural gas roughly HUF 500 per cubic meter. I expect that similar figures can be expected for residential consumers as well – said the energy expert.

As many houses, as many energy solutions (Photo: Unsplash/Jon Moore)
)For the time being, Gábor Szűcs does not expect higher prices, despite the fact that for the time being it is possible to meet multiples of this everywhere.
“For now, all that can be done is to wait for the official information, but it is possible to prepare for something of this magnitude” – added the specialist. Meanwhile, our sister paper, PCWorld, calculated how much they consume at home our electronic devices , from laptops to gamer PCs. We have more to tell you, you can find all the interesting things here !

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