Customers aren’t prepared for their bills; Dutch energy companies concerned

As a result of high energy prices in the Netherlands, many customers are unable to pay the total of their monthly energy bills. Now, these numbers are racking up.

Dutch energy companies are worried about the substantial fee customers will face when paying their final energy bill.

And this concern is certainly justified. For example, at Vattenfall, a multinational power company, about 10% of customers are โ‚ฌ200 short when paying their monthly energy bills, writes RTL Nieuws.

Who’s to blame?

While some may point fingers at the rise in energy prices, the companies believe that customers must take better responsibility.

photo of woman adjusting heater because of high energy bills
Make sure to turn off your home’s energy to avoid waste! Image: Depositphotos

They see that many residents don’t always adjust their monthly advance โ€” and, eventually dig up their own hole by the end of the year because of paying too little.

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According to the Dutch Association for Debt Assistance (NVVK), an estimated 800,000 households pay too little when it comes to monthly energy bills.

With the combination of rising prices and average-income households, customers must either reap the costs or pay more attention to their consumption as well as their monthly advance.

Would you agree with the Dutch energy companies? Tell us in the comments below!

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Lea has a passion for writing and sharing new ideas with the world. She enjoys film photography, Wes Anderson movies, fictional books and jazz music. She came to the Netherlands in 2019 for her media studies and has fallen in love with the country and its culture ever since. She loves to ride her bicycle in the city but also feels the need to overtake everyone on the bike lane (she's working on it).


  1. I disagree. Our family of 3 has a minimal consumption comparable to a single person household. Our energy bil was 100โ‚ฌ for gar and electricity over this past year. The exact same amount of consumption is going to cause this to go up to 400 euros a month. I don’t see what we are doing wrong at home and whilst I’m able to pay the raised fees I know for a fact that such a raise will break people’s necks.

  2. Most energy costs are from heating an cooling our houses. Many people live in poorly insulated rental shacks because they can’t find anything better. And then there are those that live in a large family home that costs a fortune to heat. They are divorced or the kids have moved out long ago and they want to downsize, but again, no houses available.


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