Electricity cost brake for households with more than three people

Electricity cost brake for households with more than three people
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All households in which more than three people have their main residence benefit from this – and you get 105 euros for each additional person, which is deducted directly from the electricity bill. In most cases, this is done automatically, everyone else is actively informed by the Ministry of Finance about the application, it said.

The electricity cost supplement is automatically granted if electricity is purchased from a household meter at an address with more than three people registered in the central register, the Ministry of Finance announced in a broadcast on Saturday. This is the case for around 85 percent of the households in question, it said.

An application model was created for those addresses that cannot be recorded automatically, for example because there are several metering points at the address or because the electricity contract partner does not have their main residence at the address. Affected households will be actively informed by the Ministry of Finance by e-mail or post starting next week that they can submit an application online.

  • The application is submitted digitally on this website.

The electricity cost brake introduced by the turquoise-green federal government has been in effect since December 1, 2022. This cushions the price for the first 2,900 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per household, i.e. the average consumption of a three-person household. The electricity price according to the supply contract must then be paid for the additional consumption.

“We have launched numerous relief measures to support people,” emphasized Finance Minister Magnus Brunner (ÖVP). According to Brunner, all larger households that are disproportionately burdened by the increased electricity costs should now benefit from the electricity cost supplement.

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