Increases in sight for electricity and gas bills. The continuous rise in the prices of raw materials will weigh, starting from April, 3.8% for electricity and 3.9% for gas on the pockets of every typical family in protection.
For the “typical family” (represented by average electricity consumption of 2,700 kWh per year and a committed power of 3 kW and 1,400 cubic meters of gas consumption per year) electricity expenditure in the year between 1 July 2020 and June 30, 2021 will be around 517 euros, (-0.7%) compared to the equivalent 12 months of the previous year with a saving of around 4 euros on an annual basis while for the gas bill the cost will be around 966 euros (- 5.2%) with savings of around 52 euros on an annual basis. The total annual savings will be around 56 euros.
The increase in energy expenditure has a double negative effect because – underlined the Coldiretti – it reduces the purchasing power of citizens and families, but also increases the costs of companies that are particularly significant for the agri-food sector with the arrival of heat.
The president of the Arera, Stefano Besseghini, defined support for companies in difficulty as a priority choice, with a strong social value also for families and for this reason the Authority also immediately implemented the provision of the Sostegni Decree and postponed the planned increase. of the general system charges. Small businesses will benefit from a reduction in their bills of € 600 million and will affect approximately 3.7 million individuals. The discount, which will be around 70 euros per month for a customer with a contract with a power of 15 kilowatts, it will affect the months of April, May and June and will be particularly incisive on the total cost of the bill for businesses still forced to close, reducing it by up to 70% . For businesses that can remain open, the savings will be on average between 20% and 30% of the total cost of the bill. These reductions do not impact on the charges placed on other consumers, as they are financed by specific allocations from the State Budget.
The increase in bills instead a cold shower for consumers already tried by the Covid emergency, for Marco Vignola, head of the energy sector of the National Consumers Union, who, with the data in hand of one of their studies, declares that the increase in overall spending per family it will be 60 euros on an annual basis and specifically 21 euros for electricity and 39 euros for gas. Codacons also speaks of a real blow to the pockets of Italian consumers. The energy bills of the Italians are thus among the highest in Europe, and an unsustainable taxation weighs on the Italians’ spending on electricity and gas.