In view of the energy crisis, Berlin is the first German state to offer households and businesses a 75 million euro heating cost subsidy for oil, pellet, coal and liquid gas heating systems. In Berlin, this affects around 330,000 households.
The heating cost subsidy is a one-time grant that must be applied for by the owners. Households and businesses whose energy costs in 2022 were more than 1.7 times higher than in 2021 can apply for heating cost assistance. The amount of the subsidy is 80 percent of the costs exceeding 1.7 times the 2021 costs.
The heating cost assistance is only paid out from an amount of 100 euros. The maximum grant amount is 2,000 euros. The application for heating cost assistance is possible online on the website of the Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) from January 31, 2023. Landlords are obligated to pass on the subsidy to their tenants with the next operating costs statement.
A household spent 1000 euros on heating with coal in 2021. In 2022, the heating bill amounted to 2200 euros while energy consumption remained the same. This corresponds to an increase by a factor of 2.2, whereas an increase by a factor of 1.7 would only amount to 1700 euros. The household is therefore eligible to apply for the heating cost subsidy. The grant amounts to 80% of the difference between 2200 and 1700, i.e. 80% of 500 euros. Thus, the household receives 400 euros.