Government officials responsible for the housing utilities sector like to talk about how all the problems of the sector stem from low rates paid by the general public. How supposedly people pay little money so utility companies cannot afford anything. In reality, the average consumer in Russia pays almost twice as much for heating as they are supposed to,” believes Analytical Center expert Evgeny Gasho.
Neither management companies nor local authorities care about the energy efficiency of utility infrastructure
Answering questions put to him by World of News, Mr. Gasho noted that unlike water or electricity that most people have meters for, nobody keeps track of the actual amount of heat that people get.
“Only a third of apartment blocks consume as much thermal energy as they are supposed to. The others either have broken-down meters or do not have meters at all or they are consuming 25-34% more heat than they should. There are various reasons for that. To some buildings the heating utilities supply too much energy in order to make more money, in other cases the system is in bad condition and consumes too much heat.” If the pipes were cleaned and the radiators were replaced, energy consumption would go down by an average of 25-30%,” Mr. Gasho believes. “Once this simple maintenance is carried out, the heating bill for a 50-square meter two-room apartment in Moscow’s climate would work out to 850-900 rubles rather than to thousands of rubles as is the case now. Unfortunately, neither management companies nor local authorities care about the energy efficiency of utility infrastructure.”