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The difference between the cheapest and most expensive energy contract in the Netherlands is up to 1500 euros

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The difference between the cheapest and most expensive energy contract in the Netherlands is up to 1500 euros

Comparing the prices of seventeen energy suppliers, Vastelastenbond announced that the difference between the cheapest and most expensive contract is up to 1500 euros.

In the past period, especially due to the war between Russia and Ukraineenergy prices in international markets have started to rise. This situation was reflected in the amount of bills paid by the consumer.

According to a comparison of the variable gas tariffs of seventeen energy suppliers by Vastelastenbond , the Netherlands ‘s first consumer collective , established in 2004, the difference between the cheapest and most expensive contract on an annual basis is up to 1500 euros.

According to the research, while households pay 2.12 euros for a cubic meter of gas in BudgetEnergie, this amount reaches about 3 euros in Essent. The difference is about 46 percent. The same goes for Energiedirect.nl, Delta and Oxxio. The amount of invoices paid to these companies are also 45, 42 and 32 percent more expensive, respectively. 

Vastelastenbond states that there is a difference of 88 Euro cents per cubic meter between the cheapest and the most expensive bill, and emphasizes that the difference can reach up to approximately 1,500 Euros per year when calculated on the basis of 1,600 cubic meters of gas consumption.

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is not to change companies Vastelastenbond director Dirk-Jan Wolfert stated that the trend in the energy market is “not changing companies”, and stated that this is mostly due to energy contracts signed annually.

“Energy suppliers say it is pointless to switch companies because there are no other offers to offer to their customers,” Wolfert said. But it certainly makes sense to replace it with floating rate contracts as well. For example, Essent customers pay 3 euros per cubic meter of gas in April, while BudgetEnergie customers pay 2.12 euros for the same amount at the same time.” said.

“Most energy suppliers buy their gas from the same source,” Wolfert said. It is therefore unprecedented that rates are so different for the same contracts.” He also emphasized that this issue should be investigated.

Vastelastenbond also advised consumers whose energy contracts are ending to thoroughly investigate the variable rates of various providers.

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Used car prices in the Netherlands fell for the first time this year

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Used car prices in the Netherlands fell for the first time this year. Data were obtained from the vehicle sales platform AutoScout24. According to the platform, the reason for the decrease is the summer holiday.

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AutoScout24 stated that during the summer holidays, people’s interests are generally towards vacationing, so the decrease in prices may be due to this.
 
An average used car was sold for 23,531 euros in July. This rate is 1.2 percent less than the previous month. At the beginning of this year, the average price of second-hand was 22,158 euros. There has been no decline in used car prices since the spring of 2021.
 
On the other hand, the increase in second-hand items in other European countries continues. Prices continued to rise in France, Austria and Belgium last month, while Germany saw a small decline of 0.2 percent.
 
Germany is still at the top of Europe in this field, with an average used car price of 27,361 euros.
 
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Declining interest in Randstad region in the Netherlands

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Declining interest in Randstad region in the Netherlands

The proportion of people leaving the Randstad area in the Netherlands has increased over the past year. According to the National Statistics Agency (CBS), 75,000 people left the region last year. The number of people who moved to the region was 55 thousand.

 
CBS data indicated that those over the age of 30 are increasingly leaving the west of the country.
 
Statistics also show that the number of people leaving the Randstad area has increased since 2014. While 48 thousand people left the region in 2014, this number increased to 70 thousand in 2020.
 
On the other hand, the proportion of those who moved to Randstad remained roughly the same, reaching 55 thousand last year. Looking at all the data, the number of Dutch people giving up city life has been increasing since 2017.
 
However, the increase in the number of people leaving Randstad does not mean that the region is empty.

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Netherlands uses Europe’s most expensive natural gas

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The Netherlands became the country that used the most expensive natural gas among the European Union countries with its natural gas prices in July.

 
Nieuwsuur, which collects data from the comparison site Energievergelijk.nl, last month the natural gas bill of a house in the Netherlands cost 283 Euros. This rate is double that of many EU countries. Neighboring countries of the Netherlands are Germany and Belgium, a few of these countries.
 
In June, the peak of gas prices was in Sweden, while the Netherlands took the second place. In July, the leadership changed hands. Last month gas bills in Sweden averaged 237.
 
Electricity bills in the Netherlands are also quite high compared to other countries. The Dutch paid an average of 419 euros for electricity in July. There are only two European countries that face more electricity bills than the Netherlands: Italy and Denmark.
 
According to the estimates of Energievergelijk.nl, citizens who will renew their energy contracts this year will pay an average of 3,700 euros more per year.
 
Nibud, who is a budget consultant, stated that many households will have difficulty paying the bills in the future. Nearly 30 percent of them highlighted the difficulty ban on this issue last month.

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