Vienna heating costs jump by nine percent

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The Local - [email protected] • 1 Sep, 2014 Updated Mon 1 Sep 2014 11:34 CEST
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The centralized heating system which heats a majority of Vienna's homes increased its prices from September 1st by nine percent, meaning a typical increase of €5 per month for the average home.

As a result of the economic situation for gas power plants, there is a resulting increase in the costs for heat production.  Heating provider Wien Energie has therefore increased the costs of home heating, as well as regular hot water, to €0.057489 per kilowatt hour (kWh).

According to Wien Energie's managing director Robert Grüneis, an average apartment with 70mwill see heating costs increase by €3 per month, and hot water costs increase by €2 per month, for a total increase of €5 per month.  This still works out to be cheaper than oil or gas central heating.

According to Grüneis, wholesale gas prices remain stable at present.  This may change in the future due to potential instability in delivery of Russian gas supplies through Ukraine, as a result of the conflict there.

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