German households pay less for heating, despite rising consumption
German households on average paid 6 percent less on heating in 2016 than in 2015, according to the study “Heating Monitor 2016” by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW). This was not due to sinking consumption, but to falling prices for heating oil and gas. “Actually, private households consumed 2 percent more heating energy than in the previous year despite refurbishing measures,” writes DIW in a press release. The study is based on data from households in apartment buildings, which make up about half of Germany’s total housing stock.
Find the press release and the study in German here.
For background, read the CLEW dossier The Energiewende and Efficiency.