72 percent of Hungarians did not experience any overhead cost increase
Despite the energy crisis caused by the war and EU sanctions, the overhead costs of 72 percent of Hungarians did not increase compared to last year, according to the representative research of the Mária Kopp Institute for Demography and Families (KINCS). 63% of the respondents pay the same amount and 9% even less than last year. This is mainly due to the policy of reducing utility costs and, in addition, to the growing energy awareness of Hungarians.
In order to protect Hungarian families from soaring energy prices, the government continues to maintain reduced utility prices to the extent of average consumption. This makes each Hungarian family save an average of HUF 181,000 per month.
According to the data of the October survey of KINCS, 72% of people did not experience any increase in overhead expenditure compared to last year, while some (9%) even noticed decrease in their costs. This is related to the fact that eight out of ten Hungarians admitted to pay attention to consume less energy. The majority of the population is characterised by conscious and economical consumption of electricity (90%) and water (84%), the use of energy-saving devices (such as LED lights or low-consumption household appliances) (80%) and the maintenance of heating equipment (72%). Six out of ten people have reported that they pay attention to the control of the home temperature. The majority of the respondents use gas heating, followed by those using wood, district heating and other means of heating. The replacement of doors and windows and the repair of insulation is typical of roughly a quarter of the population.
It is mainly the result of the policy of reducing utility charges, as well as the economical use of energy of the population that nearly three-quarters of Hungarians do not have to pay more for utility charges than they did a year ago.
Methodology: The national representative survey was conducted by telephone interviewing 1000 people among the adult population between 19-26 October 2022.