When it comes to the maintenance costs of an apartment in Romania, you can expect some not negligible payment amounts every month. The good part is that next winter there will be no major differences compared to last year.
If we take the reality in Bucharest as an example, the price of a gigacalorie remained at 330 lei this year as well, as in 2022. Thus, depending on the number of rooms and people in the home, you can expect maintenance costs between 160 of lei and 500 lei. The good part is that the pressure from the energy giants operating in our country has calmed down, a detail that will be reflected in a reasonable price for natural gas.
What is happening to energy and utility prices
Most likely, the next winter will bring many other problems related to heating and hot water for Bucharest residents, in addition to the not negligible prices. It doesn’t help either that Termoenergetica, the manager of the thermal water distribution network, has a major financial problem with Elcen, the thermal energy producer.
In any case, the General Council of Bucharest established in the spring the increase of the gigacalorie, after 11 years, from 137 lei to 330 lei, both without VAT. In other words, if you stay in the Capital, thermal comfort will cost you more this year. With VAT, the amount paid will be 346.5 lei per gigacalorie. In the context where the consumption for a studio apartment hovers around 0.51 gigacalories, and Romanians are on average 25 degrees Celsius indoors, the price should not exceed 200 lei.
For a two-room apartment, where the average consumption at a statistical level is 0.75 Gcal, you can expect about 260 lei per month. With three rooms, consumption jumps to 0.94 Gcal on average for a total cost of 325 lei per month. For four rooms, you can expect almost 475 lei, with an average consumption of 1.37 Gcal.