THOSE WITH A COST ALLOCATOR HAVE WON!

Nearly half a million houselholds have changed to this system by the termination of the deadline to set over to the cost allocation sysen at centrally heated buildings in May 2012.

The purpose of the system was energy efficiency and a more fair cost distribution and the system provided in average a saving of 41% though many discussions.

DAF Energy, one of the pioneer organization of the industry, has analyzed by the end of the heating period the Natral Gas Invoices of the buildings it included into the system in 2012 and announced the results to the public.

According to the study performed based on invoice comparison, it is recorded that the system the system provided a Natural Gas saving of 41% in average at the buildings where cost allocators were installed as of May 2012.

HERE ARE THE SAVING FIGURES

27,995 households in 1,125 buildings with different sizes, of which the invoices for 2011 could be accessed, are examined in the performed study. The gas invoices of each building in 2012 are compared with the natural gas invoices for the same period in 2011 in terms of m3. According to the comparison, it is determined that 42% of these 1,125 examined buildings have saved up to 20%, 40% have saved up to 40% and 18% have saved more than 40%.

The representatives of the organization noted that the average gas saving per household in the winter period was 276.40 m3 according to the available figures, that this equals to 138 million cubicmetres for nearly half a million households, which set over to the system and that 138 million cubicmetres natural gas means a saving of 150 Million TL

The Service Group Director of the Company, Özer Çiçek, said the following on the issue:

The energy need of our company continuously increases parallel to the economic growth, industrialization of our country and the improvement of the living conditions. Also our dependency to aborad will continue to increas as lon as we cannot use domestic resources for the generation of energy.

Parallel to this situation, it is an inevitable fact that also the prices will increase as long as the demand for the raw material of energy, imported from abroad, increases. And this shows that we have no other choice than saving our natural gas energy.

That what we do is to allow saving by providing individual control in buildings with a central heating system. The individuals themselves are those who will make the saving. We are aware of that our task is not completed by establishing this system. The information of the building administrative and apartment residents, development of warning mechanisms are among our plans with priority in order to shift the saving to the most appropriate level with the diverse analysis we perform.

IT IS NOT A SANCTION, BUT OBLIGATION

The usage of heat cost allocators at existing building was foreseen to be mandatory. What is the development in terms of the usage of heat cost allocators?

Çiçek: The legislation, which made the utilization of heat allocators, heat flow meters, thermostatic valves and heat conrol equipments, called heat and temperature control equipments, mandatory, is the Energy Efficiency Code No 5627. Temporary Article 6 of the same code granted the existing building with a central heating system prior to the publication date a transition period of 5 years. This means that it became as of May 2nd 2012 mandatory to use heat and temperature control equipments at all buildings with a central heating system. Consequently, that which makes the application mandatory, is the law of our country. Secondly, there are no sanctions in Article 10 of the same code with the title Administrative Sanctions when it shouldn’t be applied. This means that none from the municipalities or Ministry and apply any penal processes, but building with a central heating system, which haven’t applied this, will be in contradiction to the Energy Efficiency Code No 5627, and this means that any resident in the building might place an official complaint regarding the building administration. In this case will the process established according to the decision of the court.

RESPONSE TO THOSE, CRITISIZING THE HEAT COST ALLOCATOR OBLIGATION

We see critics related to the obligation to use heat cost allocators in the agenda. It is asserted that setting over to the heat cost allocator system before converting the other features of the building, particularly the heat insulation features, appropriate for energy efficiency will result in unfairness between the property owners. What is your opinion on this issue?

Çiçek: A difference of nearly 7% incurs at the energy consumtion by a temperature difference of 1°C in terms of controlling the temperature. For sure will the energy consumption lesser in an insulated building compared with a non-insulated building. But the purpose of this system is o control our consumptions and the most important parameter for the control of the consumptions is the measurability. Consequently, this system provides the control of the energy. It is a system, designed on that the property owners pay energy as according to their real consumption, not to result in any unfairness between the property owners.


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