Heating costs for this winter will be lower for many households in germany than in the previous year, or at least they will not increase.
Due to the renewed mild weather, energy consumption for heating fell by one percent, the internet portals verivox and check24 reported, citing the degree day figures of the german weather service. Last winter, the weather in germany had already turned out to be quite warm on average, thus helping to reduce costs for most households. This year the months of january and february, which are very hot, have been particularly mild.
This especially favors tenants and homeowners who heat with oil. Since the beginning of the year, oil prices have been on the rise, and the corona crisis has accelerated this development, sometimes with hectic fluctuations. Customers in germany have only partially benefited from the price slide on the crude oil markets because demand for heizol has risen enormously and in some regions the delivery periods of heizol traders extend into june. In addition, heating oil is currently significantly more expensive in southern germany than in the north, which can be explained by regional market conditions.