Big winter freeze will push energy bills up by 15%, says Esssent


The big freeze currently hitting the Netherlands will push energy bills up by an average €23 or 15% per household, energy supplier Essent told Algemeen Dagblad on Thursday.

The average 4-person household consumes 203 m3 of gas during a ‘normal’ February, but the cold days at the end of the month added another 23m3, or 5m3 a day, bringing the total gas bill to €176, Essent said.

Neither Nuon nor Eneco – the two other major energy suppliers – would provide exact figures. But Nuon said: ‘As a general rule, every degree colder generates between 3% and 4% more demand for gas.’

Eneco was more direct, advising its customers to dress up warmly and to lower the thermostat by a few degrees.

However, the mild weather in December and January mitigated against the lower temperatures and higher bills this week. Essent estimates that each household saved an average €22 in those two months.

In practice, no one will notice the higher February energy bill because most households pay a fixed monthy amount which is adjusted at year’s end.

Nor is the Netherlands about to run out of gas, despite the decision to turn down extraction from Groningen. There is a sufficient stockpile, gas producer NAM said. has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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