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Winter chill means scorching electrical bill

Roger Choate · 6 Feb 2010, 09:10

Published: 06 Feb 2010 09:10 GMT+01:00

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The bad news was offered by the giant utility Vattenfall Norden which also noted that price levels were already higher than, say, in November last year. The utility said this is due to limited available supplies of electricity running up against increased demand.

In all this, the caveat is the sort of agreement you struck with your utility company in the first place. Worst affected are those who signed up for variable rates. But the cheapest alternative at the moment is a fixed rate for electricity.

Average prices at a fixed rate are running at 108 öre per kilowatt hour for homeowners, while those stuck with variable rates can reckon on 132 öre per kilowatt hour, according to Sigge Ericsson, Private Marketing Manager at Vattenfall Norden.

On the other hand (and just to make matters more complicated): prices at variable rates were lower last year than for fixed rates.

Evidently, it mainly comes down to the weather.

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Roger Choate (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:16 February 6, 2010 by Keith #5083
I can expect a hellishly scorching bill - as it took over 3 months from last October for 'experts' to get my bergvarmepump (5 years old) functioning properly - and all because they had replaced a valve and not correctly adjusted it!! I would love to know what my rights are in respect of:

1. their invoice for 'expert' services (which they happily tell me I can claim from my insurance - but why should I claim an unworthy bill?)

2. failed appearance at tidsbokining

3. my extra electric cost due to 'failed expertise'.

I am talking over SeK 10,000 additional electric, just up to end December.

The winter is one thing.....misrepresented service is quite another.

Other than that - a BIG THANK YOU to Vattenfall - who despite incredible weather conditions have kept us with supply out in the forest.
12:48 February 3, 2011 by Kevin Walker
I have a modern 3 year old house,wth no loft,so no need for insulation and we have 3 glass windows and I am always switching

off lights as if I have some kind of obssesive compulsive behaviour.

And I am getting bills of 7000kr for one month thats 4 weeks.It must be the most rip- off immorally wrong sky high prices in europe.We need to probably go on the streets and protest over this.Thats probably the only way to get the government to listen.Why should we have to pay a double mortgage,this money we should be saving towards a holiday.Shame on you Sweden.
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