What do households in Europe pay for heating their homes? How urgent is retrofitting of old buildings – from an economic point of view?
The answer depends on two things: the energy price and the climate. Energy prices differ – according to energy carrier, usage, technology, and price system. Also, households in Europe use very different heating systems. How to compare them?
This project attempts to solve this problem. It calculates and publishes comprehensive heating energy cost data. This is done on the basis of a “representative heater” using a mix of fuels. This mix is representative for the national mix of heating systems in the respective country.
Currently, all data refer to the year 2016 on average for a standard household with standard consumption characteristics.
Also, it is based on a marginal unit of energy consumed. Therefore, it does not include capital (“sunk”) costs already spent.
It is an ongoing project, updated from time to time. Currently, 15 European countries are included.