VšĮ Velzis Communal Farm supplies heat to Miežiskis, Nevėži, Velži, Smilgii, Gustoni, Šilagali, Liberiškii, Šila, Raguva, Naujamiestis, Velži, Upyte, Dembava and Krekenava. In some of these settlements, heating is supplied only to various institutions and, in some cases, to apartment buildings. It was the residents of the latter who were shocked when they received their December heating bills.
It is true that the inhabitants using AB “Panevėžio energija” were also amazed, but the bills of this company did not reach the same figures as those of the communal farm of Velžio.
The bills were shocking
Aušra Brukštuvienė, who lives in the Dembava tenement at Veteranų st. 15, was shocked to receive a heating bill.
“Only the foundations of our building have been renovated, not the whole house. The area of the apartment is 58.19 square meters. It was necessary to pay 256.90 euros for November. For December – 345.45 euros. A little space, when you have to pay nearly half your salary for heating. And where are the other taxes – garbage, water, gas, electricity?” the resident said, adding that last year for the same month he had to pay 150 euros.
Neighboring house in Veteranų st. 13 – refurbished. “For the same neighborhood, people used to get a bill for 217 euros, and here it is across the street on Veteranų Street. 4, – up to 444 euros. With such accounts, one can only dream of ‘other needs’, A. Brukštuvienė said.
When asked if she intended to seek compensation, the woman testified that she planned to go to the municipality on January 20 and try her luck. However, it is not known if he will succeed.
The president of the 7th house on Melioratoriu Street also testified that he had never seen such bills in his life.
“Our house is renovated. It is a very nice and excellent apartment building. I live in a four-room apartment and I received a bill of 210 euros just for heating, not including other additional charges. Neighbors living in a three room apartment received a bill of 170 euros and a two room apartment received a bill of 144 euros While we had already received a heating bill of 139 euros for November, we knew we wouldn’t have any good in December,” said the man, who would not reveal his name.
According to him, people on a pension or minimum wage have no choice but to foot the bill and not meet any of their other needs.
“I hear friends say that people in the city pay 50 to 80 euros for heating and that it’s hot in my house, around 24 degrees, and the heat in my apartment is around 20 degrees. “He really isn’t hot when there are two young children at home,” said the interviewer. – This is theft! How long are people going to be quiet?
Remuneration does not depend
Upytė, Ėiškių street. Aušra Bertašienė, who lives to be 12, was also shocked when she saw the heating bill.
“For 48 sq. meters for a 2-room apartment, we received an invoice of 381 euros. Last year, for the same period, we received an invoice of around 200 euros, so I can say that the heating has doubled in price!” complains the woman.
“I earn 600 euros myself, we are raising two children. The compensation, unfortunately, is not ours, because according to the social service, my husband works abroad. However, this does not mean that we do not “have no money. We save very strictly, and such sums just make us desperate. Why do we have to pay so much when it’s not even cold outside, about 6 degrees? And the apartment is too hot for us. The thermometer shows 22 degrees,” said A. Bertašienė.
The house is not renovated. It has no regulator, so the heat is always set the same.
“Residents who live in corner apartments are cold, and we who live in the middle of a building have to sweat and live with the windows open. We tried to contact specialists, but they explained – since there is no there is no regulator, there should be a responsible person who would come to the boiler room every day to regulate the heating of the house.
However, many residents here are retirees who do not want to do such work, and younger residents work, so they do not have time to go to the boiler room. In addition, the building is mainly inhabited by retirees who receive allowances and do not complain about the bills,” she explained.
Naujamiestis Darius ir Girėno str. Residents of the 45th house even had to sit down after receiving heating bills. The president of the house, who lives in a three-room apartment of 71.81 square meters, received a bill of 454.05 euros for December, and 350 euros for November.
“And here only for heating!” The building has not been renovated, but the seams have been repaired. The house has a regulator that heats according to the outside temperature, but the heat in the apartments only reaches 15-17 degrees. Imagine! So we have to warm up more with an electric heater,” complains the president.
Last year, his bill for the same month was 139 euros lower.
“I have already written a letter about this situation to several institutions: the district municipality of Panevėžys, the communal farm of Velžis, “Mano būstas Aukštaitija” and the mayor of Naujamiestis. After receiving the letter, they have the right to respond within 20 days, so this deadline has not yet passed. I have not yet received an answer. True, on the same day “Mano būstas Aukštaitija” called me, we received a different surprise – administrative costs will be charged. What? how much Nothing is explained. Therefore, we will have to explain this tax separately, “said the resident of Naujamiestis.
According to Jonas Sankaitis, mayor of Naujamiestis, VšĮ “Velžio komunalinis ūkis” provides heating to a single building in Naujamiestis. Namely, Darius and Girėno str. 45 for the house.
“285 residents of the neighborhood have applied for heating prices or heating compensation, including 4 residents of Darius and Girėnos str. 45 home. He has a total of 8 apartments,” the elder commented briefly. He did not commented on the letter received from the inhabitants.
In Pazagieni, heating is provided by Panevėžio energija. Prices here are significantly lower, although, according to residents, they are also shocking.
Elena Stanienė, the president of the “Pažagieniai” community, will pay 79.70 euros for heating in December. She lives on Švyturio Street. 25.
“This month, this amount has reached a three-room apartment in a renovated house, while in the neighboring house, Švyturio st. 9, which is not renovated, you will have to pay 159.13 euros for heating alone Although the two apartments have three bedrooms, the prices are significantly different.I strongly encourage residents to renovate the apartment buildings, because in this way they will not only save money and live warmer , but they will also beautify the property. After all, a renovated building beautifies the village, said the woman and added that she pays 63 euros extra for the renovation. – If you add the sums, it may be the same thing, but at least we know that we live warmer, and the value of the house has also increased.”
Prices will go down
Vaidas Virbalas, the manager of VšĮ Velžio Komunalinis ūkis, admitted that the prices are quite high. He pointed out that the amount is made up of two indicators: the price of heat and meter readings.
“The prices are set by the National Energy Regulatory Board. Why are the prices high? Because everything is based on fuel costs, which are directly included in the price of heating in our establishment. we all see that fuel is getting more and more expensive, so it’s only natural that heating is also getting more and more expensive,” he said.
However, V. Virbalas consoled himself that heating prices will already decrease in January.
“In December, a megawatt-hour cost 200-230 euros, and in January it will reach around 70 euros”, specifies the person in charge.
He recommended that the inhabitants first ask for compensation and, eventually, renovate the buildings. “After all, it is understandable that if the building is hollow, there will be no heat inside,” was the conclusion.
Heating prices also surprised city dwellers
The rise in heating prices shocked not only the residents of the district, but also the city. The inhabitants of the district received bills amounting to nearly 500 euros. In the city they are smaller, but the residents of Panevėžys were also surprised to receive bills in which the heating of a two-room apartment amounted to 90 euros. At the same time last year, it was 50 euros. Daiva Paulauskienė, the press representative of AB Panevėžio energija, commented on this in more detail.
“The amount of the heating bill depends on the heat price per kilowatt hour set that month and the amount of heat used to heat the house, which is determined by the temperature of the outside air, the energy quality of the house and the desired comfort of the residents in the apartments. The balancing of the internal piping of the house, the level of automation of the heating point, the qualifications and efforts of the company or the person supervising the household have also an impact on heating bills.
in 2022 The average payments in December were affected by the increase in the price of heat from AB “Panevėžio energija”, which was caused by the increase in the prices of fuel and heat purchased from independent heat producers. In December, the price of heat was 9.58 cents per kilowatt hour excluding VAT.
From 2023 January 1 The price of heat AB “Panevėžio energija” decreases by 2.8% compared to December. Heating will cost residents 9.31 cents per kilowatt hour. The established heat price for AB “Panevėžio energija” is the same throughout the served region (town of Panevėžys, district of Panevėžys Pažagienių, settlements of Liūdynes, Kėdainiai, Pasvalis, Kupiškis, Rokiškis, towns and districts of Zarasai).
In January, AB “Panevėžio energija” is eleventh among 49 heat suppliers in terms of heat prices.
Unfortunately, the inhabitants of the Panevėžys district, who are supplied with heat by the Velžios communal farm, do not have the possibility to switch to the services provided by AB “Panevėžio energija”.
Source: The Delfi