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Heating your Bulgarian Home for Winter - Heating Costs

 

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Fan heaters and inverted air conditioning units, which provide hot and cool air, all run on electric and provide instant blasts of warmth or cool at the press of a button. They are a great solution if you need quick bursts of heat, but they are not a good long-term option. Leaving them on for long periods is like setting fire to your money.

The cost of heating your home

Prices vary between builders for insulating your home. The size of your house will also have a bearing on the cost. Wood burners cost anything from 150 leva upwards (including the flue pipe) and metre length logs cost from 50 leva per cubic metre. Logs are available ready cut from a wide number of outlets but cost slightly more. A large house during a cold winter will need around 12 cubic metres of wood. Coal is also an option from 200 leva a ton and eco logs  cost from 80 leva per ton. Wood burners are also handy for disposing of combustible household rubbish like cardboard and paper.

The State Energy and Water Regulation Commission (SWERC) control electricity prices. Different electricity wholesalers dominate each region in Bulgaria. Prices have increased this year and electricity price is 0.082 euro`s per kilowatt hour.

The electricity board does not usually post out bills to inhabitants of rural areas. In most villages, there is a set day each month for utility payments or the local post office will have an over-the-counter payment scheme. Direct debit from a Bulgarian bank account is the safest way to ensure payment if you are not permanently resident in the country.

Gas prices have increased and canisters are popular, which hold 20 litres, can be purchased from garages for 69 leva including the cost of the attachment valve, which is needed to connect to the main gas tank. It costs from 1.25 leva for a litre.

Some people use oil to heat their central heating system and the prices charged are the same as the pump prices for car diesel (currently around 2.59 leva a litre). Buying in bulk is often cheaper. Red diesel, a cheaper alternative to ordinary diesel but it is not easy to obtain in Bulgaria. Solar heating is still in its infancy in Bulgaria.

Winters can sometimes be unprdeictable in Bulgaria. Last winter was particularly cold proving excellent for ski enthusiasts, but not so pleasant for those tucked away in central rural areas or on the coast. Whatever the winter weather, its always wise to make sure you can stay warm - even if it means getting out those long johns!