If you haven't yet come across this term, energy poverty is the lack of access to efficient energy services, which negatively affects the well-being of people who cannot properly heat their homes.
“Energy poverty is a widespread problem across Europe, as between 50 and 125 million people are unable to afford proper indoor thermal comfort”, reads the European Commission’s website.
In addition, Portugal is at the top of the countries in Europe where it is necessary to spend more energy on heating houses as the buildings are not well prepared for the cold. Perhaps that’s why in Portugal it is cultural accepted to be cold at home. A problem that DECO predicts could increase.
DECO has been following the entire process of consumers' transition both at national and European level, anticipating some difficulties in this change given the current factors that directly affect this sector, namely “the increase in carbon prices, the increase in gas demand, economic recovery and delay in infrastructure maintenance during a pandemic”.
In fact, on 13 October, “the European Commission issued a statement suggesting to Member States a set of support and action measures to face a possible increase in energy prices, such as provision of limited-time compensation measures and direct support to end users of energy; setting guarantees to avoid power grid disconnections; support the empowerment of consumers, providing them information on how they can take part in the energy market and have a stronger role in the energy supply chain from renewable sources and energy communities”, among others.
According to DECO: “Many of these measures are linked to the work being developed under the STEP project - Solutions to Combat Energy Poverty, which intends to set an accessible and creative model of measures to combat energy poverty. Thus, as a reinforcement of the measures announced by the European Commission, the lifetime STEP, among others, the need for greater flexibility in the payment of energy bills; reduction of energy tax through VAT or use of the rate determined in the Energy Taxation Directive; better control of the energy market by energy regulators.”
Therefore, DECO stated that the intervention of supervisory bodies, municipalities, agents and associations is urgently needed in order to develop measures in order to reduce situations of energy poverty in Portugal.
However, it is important to remember that consumer choices and behaviour are essential to reduce the value of the bill. In addition, DECO's Energy Advice Office (GAE) offers personalised advice on how you can improve the energy performance of your homes and how to better manage energy consumption, as well as measures to save on bills.
Furthermore, DECO’s energy advice, which is free of charge, is just a call away and can make a great difference in your savings and comfort.
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Maybe it is time to end corruption in the construction industry and to build real housing with proper insulation??? On the other hand, the Portuguese seem to accept the cult of poverty while being envious of other European countries where home insulation is the norm. It is not rocket science - except in Portugal.
By K from Algarve on 12 Nov 2021, 12:32
Everyone knows you're better off during the winter on a mountain in Austria than a badly insulated holiday home in the Algarve. While searching for a property to purchase I found a shocking number of properties that had no heating whatsoever...
By Martin from Algarve on 13 Nov 2021, 10:48
I lived in Porto for 1 year and in Lisbon for 3 years and have never experienced such cold inside an apartment as I did there and I’m from Canada. If all the renovations and new buildings had to have insulation it would be a start in the right direction. I am writing this from my warm apartment in Canada, and when I’m missing all the things I love about Portugal, my husband who is Portuguese reminds me of the horrible cold and damp and mold of our apartments there.
By Andria from Other on 15 Nov 2021, 14:51
Portugal has an excellent climate and comparisons with northern European or American states or Canadian provinces are often partial or baseless! Most things are cheaper in Portugal but that does not include fuels and energy, electricity in particular. The cost of household electricity in Portugal is about 3 to 4 times higher than what I pay. Similar differences apply to gasoline. But I live in Alberta, Canada, a major oil and gas producing province! And yes, when coming on vacation to Portugal, if it happens between November and March, and depending where I am, I often experience more cold in Portugal than in Edmonton, AB, Canada, where I live. But don't forget my house in Alberta is built to stand the cold, sometimes below minus 20 C. In summertime we also experience plus 25 C and more! I recognize that constant thermal comfort comes at a price and don't forget that the Portuguese are amongst the Europeans with lower income per capita. Governments choices made fuels and energy very expensive in Portugal, almost three times what I pay in Canada per kWh! As for gasoline, the price in Portugal is almost four times what I pay! Yes we do have a lot of oil and gas in Alberta but, a broader question stands: are Western Europeans on their way to energy poverty? Yes, thanks to the human dinosaurs that inhabit Brussels. Many European countries do their best to antagonise, undermine and isolate Russia as mandated by the US. And that includes the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline! So, pay for more expensive natural gas and electricity and don't complain!
By Tony Fernandes from Other on 15 Nov 2021, 23:37
It is extremely hard to find an insulated house in Portugal with central heating, radiators, insulated flooring, insulated roofs and triple glazed windows like in most of the European countries above the Alpes. It is not surprising that people flee the country as soon as possible and school children never finish school due to the ice cold class rooms. It is impossible to live in Portugal in the winter unless you hover around a fireplace with your coats on all evening.
By Warm in winter from Other on 16 Nov 2021, 14:01