Development Minister Adonis Georgiadis urged Greeks to seek alternative ways for heating, warning that the upcoming winter will be worse than the one in 1942, when the country suffered famine due to occupation by the German Nazis in WWII.
Heating oil is currently 6 times cheaper than natural gas. the minister told MEGA TV on Saturday.
The coming winter will be the most difficult in the last 80 years for Greece and Europe, with electricity now an “utility” available for a few.
“Europe and Greece are entering the most difficult winter since 1942. Anyone who can find an alternative way to heat their home for the winter, find it,” he said.
“Oil is currently 6 times cheaper than natural gas. Putin is using natural gas as a weapon against Europe, he is not only attacking Ukraine, he is an enemy of the EU. All European citizens should know that we are in an economic, trade, energy war with Russia, and take action against energy crisis,” he added.
Gerogiadis said that an information campaign on how households and businesses can save by reducing the already huge energy costs.
“There will be an immediate public information campaign by the Ministry of Environment and Energy on how to act this winter in order to reduce the enormous damage that our economy and our pocketbook will suffer from the energy war of Putin in Europe. We must keep in mind that we should not spend the electricity in the way we did it in the past. Electricity is already too expensive”, he continued
Speaking about the state subsidies on electricity, the minister said “after Mitsotakis’ interventions on energy, we have not yet realized how expensive electricity is in our bill. What we see on our bills is what the government pays. We all have to operate now, with electricity savings in mind. There is no doubt that the Greek government will continue to support the citizens. The economy is doing very well, better than all European countries, we have a triple record of investment and tourism, our best performance in the history of our country.”
Regarding the reduction of the excise tax on fuel, Georgiadis said that, “our policies will be targeted at those in need, and will not be general measures.”
State broadcaster ERT reported Sunday afternoon that the price of heating oil will be up this winter, at 1.8 euros per liter.
How affordable is it have an alternative heating way?
PS While we will be waiting for the Energy Ministry campaign, one has to ask: How easy is to replace our current heating means and especially: can we afford it when inflation is over 11%?
For example: in our residential building we have semi-autonomous gas heating and many apartments have also a fireplace. Half of the owners/tenants shut down the gas heating last January, when the bill for December (3 months before Putin’s war!) was 3 times higher than in previous years. Some struggled until end of March with A/C or portable heaters and suffered an electricity-bill shock later. Others, tried to provide heating to their families with the fire place with not fully satisfactory results and realized the the firewood price was going up each month.
Ahead of the heating season in October, firewood price is already twice than in previous year and the pellet is up 3 times, some media and social post post report.
Note that the subsidy for heating last winter was not received by all those eligible due to bureaucratic hurdles and some 20 people in total died in home fires caused by cheap heating devices
So what can the affordable heating alternative? It’s not easy to build a fireplace in your apartment or to switch from natural gas to heating oil, especially in residential buildings and thus a few years after they switched from oil to gas.
So what will you do this winter? POLL!