It is advisable to insulate the housing and put the regulators on the batteries: the heat will not get cheaper
In May, compared to April, nothing will change in the heat tariff, it will remain the same, so there is no need to worry, Linda Rance, representative of Rīgas silt confirms: now more than 300 homes have already been turned off from heating in the capital, the heating season is over, Next month, we plan to have more customers turn off the heating. And in this regard, the bills will be only for hot water, which will significantly reduce costs:
“I can please and reassure the residents of Riga: Rīgas siltums do not plan to increase tariffs for thermal energy in the coming months and summer. Tariffs in Riga will not change until September, that is, until autumn they will certainly remain at the same level.
So far, we have been able to keep prices from rising due to the fact that we produce 50% of our thermal energy from wood chips. Compared with the thermal tariffs in Estonia and Lithuania, they are lower in Riga. So, if compared with Tallinn, tariffs in Riga are 31% lower, if compared with Vilnius – by 30%.
So until next season residents can’t be afraid of higher tariffs, Linda Renzi continues:
“The fact is that we buy most of thermal energy. Its largest resource is Latvenergo, but we do not know how the thermal tariffs of this enterprise will grow. And this, in fact, as you understand, the growth of tariffs for thermal energy, unfortunately, depends not only on us.
We see that natural gas is now very expensive, and its price is now around 100 euros per megawatt-hour. Our current tariffs are around €41 per megawatt-hour, so we assume that tariffs may increase next season. How specific? It’s hard for me to tell you now.”
Rīgas siltums representative says it’s possible to prepare for tariff hike already
“I urge Riga residents to focus on saving thermal energy! The summer season is the time to think about how to make your home energy efficient and minimize heat costs. The beginning of summer is when you can install power regulators and heat spreaders in your home. This system has proven itself Already with many users, and judging by their feedback, it works very well. If this is not postponed, but implemented in time, by the beginning of the next heating season, even with an increase in tariffs, the bills will be much lower. “
How exactly to save, there are also options to choose from: it is important not to let the situation take its course.
“There are many solutions. It is important to understand first that if, with the onset of the heating season, you feel that it is hot in the apartment, you need to immediately respond to this: you should not reduce the temperature in the living room that is too high due to the window Open. It is destructive! Thus, you simply heat the street.
We need a different approach. You can put a kind of economical mode of thermoregulation: for example, during the day, when no one is at home, everyone is at work. You can significantly reduce the temperature in the room by adjusting the heat source. Also at night: after all, we all know that we sleep better in a cold room, which means that we need to adjust the level of heating supply in the batteries again, and the temperature at night will drop by several degrees, which will give tangible savings and lower bills.
This means that you can save with the help of a thermostat with a thermostat. It makes sense to adjust the air temperature in the heating unit if you go for a walk for several hours or actively cook something in the kitchen – everything boils, boils, fries, because of which the apartment warms up a lot. It is possible to adjust the heat source at such moments, which will also provide tangible savings and reduce unnecessary heat loss. ”
For practical people, the best argument is what you can feel: a decrease in air temperature by just 1 degree reduces costs by 5%, that is, this is a real saving that is immediately reflected in bills. The most economical way is to use heat controllers and provisions, says Linda Rains, which reduces costs by 20 percent:
“Rīgas silt is gradually moving away from natural gas, today 50 percent of thermal energy is green energy and wood chips. It is planned to install new boiler plants also on wood chips. By the start of the next heating season, we will have a proportion of green energy and wood chips of 56 percent. By 2026, according to our plans, green energy will account for 90% and natural gas only 10%. Rīgas siltums are looking for alternatives that can replace the usual and expensive energy resources, such as solar energy and any other new technologies.”
Andres Sixnes, Director of Communications at Latvenergo, noted that Latvenergo is only one of seven heat suppliers to Green Rīgas. Despite being one of the largest producers historically: 40-45% of the heat for the needs of Riga residents is produced by cogeneration plants owned by Latvenergo. Heat in the capital is supplied by six other factories. Heat is produced mainly from wood chips. Wood chips, as a renewable resource, is good because it does not depend on any price fluctuations in the world market. This means that wood chips as a local resource – allows you to be more independent in the global market, says Siksnis:
“We also use gas, and of course, as anyone who follows what is happening in the world, we understand that tomorrow, in the near future and in the long run we will be in an unpredictably changing situation. Because if we refuse gas supplies from Russia, access to them will become, first, Less easy.Secondly, gas delivery is becoming more expensive and more difficult.
But if you look at gas as a component of the cost of heat, a lot depends on what the price of gas will be in the second half of this year and in the third quarter. It is these tariffs that determine the price at which we give heat to Green Rīgas. Well, how this company will continue to shape its heating tariffs and at what prices it will offer – this is already under the authority of Rīgas siltums itself.
The main thing is that there are resources in general, and there is something to offer the consumer, notes Andris Siksnis.
As previously reported by Rus.LSM.lv, representatives of Rīgas siltums have already predicted that the capital’s heating tariff will increase Big in the new season. Due to the aggravated energy price crisis for geopolitical reasons, heating tariffs are also increasing in other Latvian cities. In particular, in Rezekne the tariff will increase 4.5 times in the fall.
Enterprise Latvijas gāze ExpectThat if the European Union imposes a ban on the import of Russian gas (in connection with the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine), it will be possible to declare a crisis in the energy sector immediately. In order to organize an alternative supply of blue fuel, Latvia, as mentioned earlier Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins, first of all, it is necessary to agree with the neighbors on the use of the future liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Paldiski, and secondly, to determine where it will build its own terminal. If negotiations with Estonia and Finland are successful, then at the end of this year Latvia will be able to get gas from a not yet built plant in Estonia Baldiski.
At the same time energy experts warningThat lower gas prices should not be expected, and consumers will have to take this into account.