What can we do to save gas consumption?

Due to the price freeze during the Government of Alberto Fernándezthe management of Javier Milei had to deregulate a large number of sectors, including the energy sector, with strong rises in public services such as natural gas and the electricity.

Taking into account that, at the moment, the subsidies are maintained for certain social groups and consumption less than certain cubic meters which have not yet been specified, although various specialists warned that it will be significantly less than the average consumption in 2023, so it is important to take into account some tips to save gas.

How to save on gas rates?

Although the increases will make, in most cases, the prices rise compared to previous invoiceseven by reducing consumption, it is possible that the impact will be less if gas is saved.

Hot water consumes a lot of resources

From iProfessional We bring you the following tips:

  • Insulate your home: your house or apartment must be isolated from outside temperatures. For example, if you live in a house with a cement roof, you can install a membrane to insulate the cold in the winter and the heat in the summer, reducing gas and electricity consumption respectively;
  • Regulate the temperature: when using a stove, regulate the temperature and turn it off in the moments when you are not in that environment;
  • I made a efficient use of hot water: If you have a gas water heater, the ideal is to turn it on when you are going to use hot water. Additionally, to the extent possible, it is ideal for most members to shower on a schedule to avoid constantly turning it on. Likewise, you should avoid using immersion baths, replacing it with short showers, as well as wash clothes with hot water;
  • Use efficient appliances: stoves and ovens have an associated degree of efficiency, it being ideal that the minimum is efficiency “A” to reduce the consumption of natural gas;
  • I replaced the use of gas: Although electricity is also expensive, in winter it usually happens that the Gas is a little more expensive due to high demand. In this sense, if you have devices such as an inverter air conditioner, it can be more efficient than other forms of heating;
  • Do not use the oven to heat yourself: A very common custom in Argentina, although extremely dangerous, is to turn on the oven and open its door to heat the kitchen. However, it is not only a danger due to possible poisoning with carbon monoxide, but also that it is very inefficient;
  • Cook efficiently: when cooking, you must cover your pots and pans to retain heat and cook faster, reducing consumption. Additionally, in some situations, such as reheating a food (for example, a slice of pizza), it is more efficient to use a microwave instead of heating the oven for a very small dish;
  • Turn off the pilots: most old stoves have permanent pilots that consume gas constantly, so it is important to turn them off when they are not in use;
  • Take advantage of solar energy: I opened the curtains during the day to let in the sunlight and heat your home naturally. At night you should close the curtains to retain that heat.

Likewise, it is important that All members of the household implement these or other tips to reduce gas consumption, since small individual consumption can make a big difference in the bill.

7 out of 10 users only pay 10% of the real value of the rates

Gas rate increases

Despite the increases, it is estimated that 7 out of 10 users pay less than 10% of the total cost of electricity and gas bills, so, in the future, there could be sharp increases. Since April the new increases for the service of natural gas through networks throughout the country, which include sharp increases in ballots that users will pay.

According to specialists, the greatest impact will occur in the coldest areas of the country, which will face seasonal increases as the coldest months of the year approach. Along these lines, according to the Tariffs and Subsidies Observatory of the Interdisciplinary Institute of Political Economy (IIEP), which depends on the UBA and Conicet, that for a high-income user in the R2 category the increases exceeded the 200%. For example, if in December you paid $4,846, you now paid $21,522.

Besides, the country average billfor a low income user It went from $2,247 to $12,913, while for average users it went from $2,589 to $14,439. Likewise, starting in May, the bills will be updated monthly in the base component to maintain the values ​​in real terms, added to the peak of winter consumption, which could generate increases of up to 1,300% accumulated for the gas between March and July.

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