Following a May decision of Hungary’s the Constitutional Court allowing users free detachment from remote heating services, the number of those clients looking to take advantage of the new opportunity has not increased drastically, Budapest service provider Főtáv said.
Company spokesperson Róber Balog said that of the 240,000 homes serviced by the firm, 2,000 homeowners chose to switch to alternative means, while an additional 300 requests for cancellation were received.
Balog said the apparent “loyalty” is most likely due to the high costs associated to the change, as the majority of remotely heated apartments have outdated insulation, so any changes would entail significant additional costs for the necessary modernization.
Furthermore, those detaching from the remote grid are not eligible to receive central subsidies for energy-saving upgrades. (Napi Gazdaság)