Private customers of energy company Eneco have made significant savings on their gas consumption in recent weeks. Adjusted for weather influences, they have been using 20 to 25 percent less gas since September 1, the company says.
The percentage applies to approximately 2 million private Eneco customers together. Of the more than 230,000 customers who have a so-called ‘smart thermostat’, Eneco also sees that since 1 September the temperature in their homes has been on average 1 to 2 degrees lower than in previous years. ‘But we will only know whether this will hold up when it gets colder,’ the company says in De Volkskrant.
Thijs Bouman, researcher in social and environmental psychology at the University of Groningen, finds the decrease not surprising: ‘Due to the extremely high gas prices, it is currently simply not affordable for many people to use the same amount of gas.’
Bouman is therefore especially curious about comparable figures from 1 January 2023, when the price ceiling for gas and electricity is introduced. ‘What you often see with financial incentives is that they remain as long as that incentive is there. The question is therefore whether the decline will remain as strong when gas becomes cheaper again.’