Rīga heating tariffs to grow by 27%

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The price of purchased thermal energy, which has been affected by the rise in the price of natural gas, will lead to a rise in heating tariffs by 27% in Rīga, according to the JSC Rīgas siltums information published July 29.

As from September 1, 2021, the thermal energy tariff will be EUR 57.31 per megawatt-hour, an increase of EUR 12.04 or 27%. Independent thermal energy producers are also expected to increase heating prices.

Only the variable costs are rising in the heating tariff, namely, the prices of thermal energy purchased, the other sections of the tariff remained at constant low levels, explained Rīgas siltums.

Rīgas siltums said the concerns of the population are understandable, also taking into account the Covid-19 situation.

"In order to minimize the increase in the thermal energy tariff as far as possible, operators are called upon to carefully assess and correctly adjust the individual heat units of buildings by reviewing the temperature regimes that have been set up. We also encourage residents to actively express their wishes to operators about the desired temperature in housing, thereby saving thermal energy, because changes in each temperature degree affect the heating bill by 5%," said the company.

The company promised to provide free advice on improving the performance of individual heat units in terms of efficiency.

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