Energy bill 2020 and 2023 is high, so should you switch?

The energy tax makes up roughly 50% of the energy bill in the Netherlands. In 2019, the energy bill became a lot more expensive due to a higher energy tax, in 2020 and 2021 the energy tax on gas will increase and the energy tax on electricity will decrease. In 2022, the energy tax will be increased less to compensate for part of the increase in the gas price. What you notice from the energy load depends on the composition of your energy consumption. How much energy tax will you pay and what will the energy tax credit be (partial energy tax reduction)? If you really want to save on energy, take out a cheaper energy contract for gas and electricity. Switch to another energy supplier, because that is very easy nowadays. Consider providers such as Energiedirect or the Dutch Energy Company. Energy in the home can be cheaper. This ensures lower heating costs.

Energy tax 2020, 2021 and 2022

  • Composition of the energy bill
  • Energy bill in 2020 and 2021
  • Energy bill in 2022
  • Why switch to another energy company?
  • Sign up for a permanent energy contract
  • Termination compensation if you break the contract
  • Take out a variable energy contract for lower heating costs
  • Finally, save on your energy costs and heating costs at home in 2021 and 2022

Composition of the energy bill

The energy bill consists of approximately half tax and the other half the price of the energy supplier multiplied by consumption. The energy tax consists of four parts:

  • A tax on the gas price,
  • A levy on the electricity price.
  • The Sustainable Energy and Climate Transition storage, ODE.
  • The energy tax credit, a reduction in the energy tax.

With the levy on the gas price and the electricity price, the government wants to influence your consumption. In the context of the Climate Agreement, the government wants to encourage you to use less gas and, where necessary, more electricity. That is why in 2021 the energy tax for electricity will be reduced by 3.5% per kWh and that for gas with solar energy will increase by 4.7% per m³. The ODE for electricity increases by 9.9% and that for gas by 9.8%, so there is hardly any difference. Finally, there is the energy tax credit. This is a refund on the levies. In monetary terms, this discount is the same for everyone and is therefore independent of consumption. This will increase from 527.17 in 2020 to 558.56 in 2021.

Energy bill in 2020 and 2021

Your energy bill also depends on your consumption. If we look at an average household with a consumption of 2,700 kWh of electricity and 1200 m2 of gas, you will pay the following more or less compared to last year:

Energy tax 2019, 2020 and 2021 compared to the previous year with average consumption:





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It is striking that the energy tax for average consumption became more expensive, especially in 2019, and some of this was made up in 2020. In 2021, the levies for an average family will be approximately the same as in 2020. Those who use less gas and more electricity may actually benefit from a better deal.

Energy bill in 2022

Rising energy prices are affecting people with variable energy contracts and those who have to shorten or renegotiate their fixed contract. To compensate for part of these costs, the tax reduction on the energy bill (a fixed amount for everyone) will increase by 230 euros per year. The energy tax on electricity will be reduced somewhat compared to the planned increase. This does not mean full compensation for rising energy prices. People who keep their cheap energy contract in 2022 will be in good hands (no higher costs, but a windfall).

Why switch to another energy company?

What will you think now? Switching to another energy supplier will not reduce your consumption, but it may reduce your energy costs. Perhaps you can still benefit from that. Switching can be worthwhile if:

  • The conditions for gas and electricity are better elsewhere.
  • The price is lower and additional discounts are given on a permanent contract
  • There is no notice period or a maximum of 30 days.
  • The customer service is better.

Sign up for a permanent energy contract

Those who have opted for a permanent contract can benefit from lower energy prices for longer. The price of energy is then guaranteed for the duration of the energy contract. This gives you certainty about the price. You can conclude such a permanent contract for a maximum of 5 years. If energy prices still drop, a permanent contract is of course a disadvantage, but there is a solution for that too.

Termination compensation if you break the contract

Anyone who has a contract for 1 or more years can terminate the contract if he pays a termination fee . Even if you have to pay an initial fee, it may be cheaper to use another energy supplier. In your calculation, you then compare the benefit of the lower prices with the new provider with the cancellation fee you owe to the old supplier.

Take out a variable energy contract for lower heating costs

With a variable contract it is just like with a variable mortgage interest rate: in the long run you will be cheaper, but the timing is very important because there are also years when energy prices could go up. And getting the timing right isn’t easy. Not on the stock market when investing, not when calculating mortgage interest rates and not when calculating energy prices. No bell rings to indicate that the bottom has been reached and therefore a rise is imminent. If you expect energy prices to rise, a permanent contract may be the better solution.

Finally, save on your energy costs and heating costs at home in 2021 and 2022

If you want a different contract, simply choose a different energy supplier. However, few Dutch people do that. This also means that you would be wise not to take out a permanent contract yet, but to wait until the decline has occurred. Some providers give a considerable amount back to consumers when they choose a permanent contract. In that case, it depends on your consumption whether you are better off. Also pay attention to the offers from the energy companies, as they can certainly be interesting.

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