At over 23 locations of the Money Helpdesk of the Municipality of The Hague, residents can go for questions about money matters, help with getting their household book in order, saving tips and referrals to the Food Bank, the Ooievaarspas, The Hague Works and the Stichting Leergeld. The municipality also provides free workshops and training courses, such as ‘Eat well for little money’ and ‘Know what you spend’. The Money Helpdesk is also working increasingly intensively with the two ‘Hou van je Huis’ locations. These are information points for residents that are specifically aimed at sustainable home maintenance, energy saving, subsidies and regulations.

Residents experiencing financial problems as a result of the energy crisis can contact the Money Matters Helpdesk. The first part of the Energy Allowance 500 has been paid. Residents who may qualify, but have not yet applied, will receive a reminder letter. Recently, the State indicated households with an income up to 120% of the social minimum in 2023 to be compensated again with an energy surcharge of 1.120 euros. The Municipality of The Hague applies an income limit of up to 120% of the social minimum for this Energy Allowance.

The government is giving municipalities the opportunity to benefit from the Energy Allowance 2023 this year 500 euros. As the preparations for the second part of the Energy Allowance 2023 (400 euros) are already affected, will also immediately 500 euros 2022 will be paid out. This means that at the end of this year the original extra amount of 500 euros of the Energy Allowance 2023 is incremented to 1. euros. The remaining 500 euros will be denominated in 2022 paid out.

Maintaining and saving energy There are suitable saving tips and insulation measures for everyone in the city. The website www.denhaag.nl/energie contains an overview of the various subsidies aimed at increasing sustainability. For example, for the installation of roof, floor and facade insulation. Under the heading ‘Sustainable city of The Hague’ you can find handy signposts about the options available to make your home, company, neighbourhood, school or sports club more sustainable. Such as heating and cooking on clean energy.

Agreements have been made with the housing associations about energy-saving measures such as making houses ajar and draft-proof. Households also receive support. For example, the campaign ‘cheaper your home’ has been launched, which includes measures such as replacing thermostatic valves and installing underfloor heating. For large Vves there are 23 customized energy programs with sustainability packages available and private owners and small Vves are 400 home scans offered. Finally, such 23 energy coaches will be trained this year.

There are free energy and roof scans for SMEs. This results in tailor-made advice with saving measures. The handbook ‘ Sustainability works for entrepreneurs in The Hague ‘ provides companies with practical tips and information about sustainable business. In the meantime, a subsidy scheme is being prepared for the insulation of business premises in The Hague and a collective purchasing campaign with which entrepreneurs can easily purchase heat pumps and LED lighting. Sustainable patio heaters are also added to the range.

Municipality saves on public lighting and gas consumption In recent weeks an inventory has been made of which energy saving measures are possible in public room. For example, more than 4.00 light points are arranged in such a way that they can be dimmed remotely and become approximately 16.000 accelerated replacement of light points by LED lamps. In addition, the mood lighting only goes between 16: 00 until 23: 120 hours on. The municipality calls on entrepreneurs to do the same with their own mood lighting.

Finally, the municipality is actively taking measures to reduce gas consumption. For example, the temperature of bath water in swimming pools is lowered by one degree and the base temperature in municipal buildings goes to 13 degrees. The Municipal Executive currently chooses not to take any measures that lead to the closure or discontinuation of activities and services.

More information 2nd state of affairs energy crisis (RIS2023)

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