Gas stove – illustrative photo.
Prague – Rising electricity and gas prices led 42 percent of Czechs to reduce consumption and look for alternative sources of energy. 41 percent of Czechs try to compensate for higher energy expenses by limiting other expenses, especially on entertainment and leisure activities. This follows from a survey by the STEM/MARK agency for the KRUK company, which provides debt management and collection services on the Czech and Slovak markets. The results of the survey are available to ČTK.
Nine percent of people cover increased energy costs from savings, seven percent found another job due to more expensive electricity and gas. Two percent borrow for energy from family members or financial institutions. One percent changed their place of residence in order to reduce energy costs.
For 18 percent of respondents, higher energy costs are not a problem. Men and university students do not have problems with higher payments. Help with increased energy prices is especially needed by parents on parental leave who, due to higher living costs, most often get into debt and move to smaller apartments, and the unemployed.
“The data on natural gas and electricity consumption show the great effort of Czech households to save energies and use alternative sources. In addition, there is a functional system of social benefits that will help people with very low incomes so that they do not have to go into debt,” said KRUK CEO Jaroslava Palendalová.
The survey was conducted on a sample of 1,007 respondents.