Households should be relieved in the coming weeks and months. After the energy price flat rate for all employees, emergency aid for gas and district heating customers will come in December. FOCUS online says how this emergency aid works and how much money you get.

In December there is a one-off emergency aid for gas and district heating customers. Gas households do not have to pay any deductions for gas in December, the state pays the bill.

But how exactly does it all work?

Homeowners and apartment owners who purchase gas will automatically be reimbursed through their December or January bill. Specifically, the deduction is either not offset at all or simply offset against the annual accounts.

The emergency aid applies to the working price – i.e. the actual consumption – and at the same time to the basic price – i.e. the monthly basic fee. All private households, small and medium-sized companies as well as social, research and educational institutions are entitled.

Depends on your provider. The emergency aid is usually offset against the annual accounts. But there are small exceptions.

If you pay your gas bill by direct debit, the deduction may not be debited in December, some municipal utilities confirmed this on request. The consumer advice centers also assume that in a few cases in December, a down payment could be omitted for many people. You don’t have to do anything in this case, after all, the debit is always made automatically at the beginning of the month.

If the energy supplier debited the gas deduction in December, the emergency aid will be included in the annual accounts. This means that you continue to pay the advance as normal.

If you have set up a standing order yourself or pay your bills by bank transfer, which you fill out yourself online, at a machine or in writing, then you must pay the applicable deduction in December as normal. Otherwise you are threatened with a reminder!

The energy supplier offsets the emergency aid against the annual accounts and informs you by e-mail or letter. If your provider wants to increase the gas price on January 1st, you should note: The emergency aid applies exclusively to the old price and specifically to the working price and basic price before the price increase.

This also applies if you pay your gas payment in cash at the energy supplier’s pay station. The same applies here: Pay the down payment and the energy supplier will then inform you.

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The following applies to the majority of households: you continue to pay the December deduction as normal.

The following applies to a small proportion of German citizens: the energy supplier may not debit the December deduction. However, this only applies if you have completed an active direct debit procedure with the gas supplier and the provider offsets the emergency aid directly against the December deduction.

Here it is a bit more complicated. Those affected will feel the emergency aid at a later point in time, sometime in 2023.

In this case, the gas contract runs through the landlord. Tenants pay him for the annual gas consumption via the monthly additional costs. In the utility bill, the gas meter is then checked to see whether the tenant has paid too much or too little gas. The emergency aid will only then be charged.

The Baden-Württemberg consumer advice center explains that the previous year’s consumption in 2022 will then be taken as a guide and broken down to the month. This sum is then calculated based on the current consumption and the emergency aid is based on the difference between the annual consumption in 2022 and the gas meter reading in 2023.

That’s fine. To do this, you need to know your annual gas consumption, your current energy price and your basic annual price. Divide your annual consumption by 12 months and multiply this value by the current energy price.

Then divide the basic annual price by 12 months and add both totals together. If that is too complicated for you, we have created a table here. As case studies, we took the annual consumption of 3000, 6000, 9000, 12,000 and 15,000 kilowatt hours. In Germany there are countless tariffs that charge between 9 cents and 25 cents per kilowatt hour. That is where the savings come from. We then added a monthly basic price of 10.90 euros.

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