High energy prices

Today's energy prices are high.  More and more people are struggling to pay their energy bills. This page tells you what you can do and what help is available.

Energy allowance


Low-income households are entitled to an energy allowance from the Dutch government. This is a one-off allowance to help pay your energy bills. 

If you qualify for the allowance but have not received it, you can apply for it at Sociale Zaken Maastricht Heuvelland (SZMH). You can find the conditions and the application form the SZMH website.  Please note: the website and the form are only available in Dutch.


As a student, you are not eligible for the energy allowance. It does not matter whether you receive student finance. The Dutch government is still working on guidelines on whether to grant the energy allowance to students. More information will follow on the SZMH website (in Dutch).

Business owners

As a business owner, you may be entitled to an energy allowance. You will need your company's profit and loss account (income statement) to apply for the allowance. You can find the conditions and the application form on the SZMH website. Please note: the website and form are only available in Dutch.

Voucher for energy-saving products

If you have an income of up to 120 per cent of the minimum income, you are entitled to a 100-euro voucher (excluding VAT). You can use the voucher to buy energy-saving products from the web shop of De Bespaarwinkel. Draught strips, LED lighting or radiator foil, for example. See De Bespaarcode for more information and the application form. Please note: the website and the application form are only available in Dutch.

Dutch government lowering energy prices

Energy price cap

From 1 January 2023, a price cap on energy will apply to all households and other small users (in Dutch): self-employed people (zzp), shops, associations, small social organisations and some small and medium-sized enterprises. The price cap limits the amount you can be charged per unit of gas and electricity for average energy consumption. Find out more about the price cap on the Dutch government's website.

Discount for November and December 2022

The price cap will only take effect from 1 January 2023. For November and December, households and other small users (in Dutch) will therefore receive a fixed discount on their energy bills of 190 euros per month. Visit the Dutch government's website  to learn more.

Reducing energy use at home

The less energy you use, the more money you save. Using less energy also helps protect the environment. The Dutch government's website offers tips on saving energy at home.