Households that heat with the use of natural gas will have the lowest heating costs, and the highest will be those that use electricity directly in heating bodies and boilers for district heating, propane butane gas and heating oil, the Serbian Energy Agency announced today.
According to the average price of natural gas in Serbia, heating a 60-square-meter apartment with that fuel during the entire winter season will cost 42,000 dinars.
Households that use wood in the areas of Serbia, where it can be purchased at lower prices of 5,150 dinars per cubic meter and if they have stoves of higher efficiency, will have costs of 42,400 dinars.
Households that use more expensive firewood, 7,050 dinars per cubic meter and have stoves with lower efficiency, will have higher costs, 68,600 dinars.
In relation to natural gas and cheaper wood, the costs of heating with coal are slightly higher from 49,000 to 52,000 dinars.
For citizens who heat with pellets, the annual costs amount to around 72,000 dinars, if it is burned in more efficient furnaces constructed for this fuel.
Households that use thermal storage furnaces will have costs of 56,000 dinars, but only if cheaper night electricity is used exclusively. Recharging the furnace by using more expensive electricity only for two hours a day, increases the costs by 40 percent, so that they amount to around 78,000 dinars.
The costs of heating using electricity directly in heating bodies and boilers for district heating, propane butane gas and heating oil are 141,500 dinars for electricity, 130,000 for propane butane gas, and 134,000 dinars for heating oil.
Compared to the previous year, the prices of heating oil increased the most, by 54 percent, and pellets, by 22 percent, while wood and propane butane gas rose by about 10 percent, the Energy Agency stated.