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Based on the data of the KINCS telephone survey in October, 72 percent of people did not see an increase in utility expenses compared to last year, and there are even some (9 percent) who saw a decrease. They point out that the fact that eight out of ten Hungarians, based on their own admission, pay attention to consuming less energy plays a role in this.

At the same time, according to the data, the majority of the population is characterized by conscious and economical consumption of electricity (90 percent) and water (84 percent), the use of energy-saving devices (such as LED lamps or low-energy household appliances) (80 percent), and the maintenance of heating equipment ( 72 percent). And six out of ten reported that they also pay attention to the regulation of the temperature at home.

It also turned out that the majority heat with gas, followed by the number of people who heat with wood, district heating and other methods. Replacing windows and repairing insulation is typical for roughly a quarter of the population.

Primarily the result of the utility reduction policy and, in addition, people’s economical use of energy, is that nearly three quarters of Hungarians do not have to pay more for utilities than a year ago, KINCS pointed out at the end of the announcement.

Restaurants are fighting to survive

The Index recently reported that several restaurants are struggling to survive due to increased overhead costs. More than 40 confectioners commented about the impact of the energy crisis, the weakening of the forint, and the rise in raw material prices on their operations. Most people expect a 2-3 times increase in costs this year.

And the costs of the cinemas they will rise at least four times: in the case of electricity, a 4.5-fold jump is expected, while the gas bill is very variable, a four-fold increase is certain there, but in some places they calculate with a multiplier of 15-17 times.

Erika Borsos, the president of the National Association of Cinemas, told Index: the bills of smaller cinemas are rising by several millions, while the costs of larger cinemas are rising by hundreds of millions, and this is only the overheads. .

(Cover photo: Tamás Nagy / Index)