Status: 07.12.2023, 20:15 PM
By: Anni Gebhard
In 2023, many consumers were already saving money: especially in the energy sector. Many things will become more expensive again in 2024 - echo24.de sums up the price increases.
There is no end to it – as was the case last year, consumers will have to prepare for price increases in 2024. The areas where CO2 is emitted are particularly hard hit. But restaurant visits and insurance are also becoming more expensive - echo24.de sums up what will be more expensive in 2024.
Everything to do with cars: Fuel costs and electric cars will become more expensive in 2024
According to experts, consumers will lose around three cents more at the pump in the coming year. The reason for this is the increase in the CO2 tax from 30 to 40 euros per ton. Fuel will therefore become more expensive again and could thus even permanently crack the two-euro mark from 2024.
If you are planning to buy an electric car now so that you are not dependent on petrol prices, you should do the math again. After all, new electric cars will also become more expensive in 2024. That's because the federal subsidy (also known as the "environmental premium") for electric mobility will be reduced from January 1. In addition to the price, many other things change for drivers at the turn of the year, such as the driver's license or the equipment of new cars.
Heating will be more expensive again in 2024: CO2 tax also has an impact on electricity prices
As with driving, the increase in the CO₂ tax does not go unnoticed in the energy sector. For example, heating with fossil energy is to become more expensive in 2024. Furthermore, the government's electricity price brake expires at the end of the year and will not be extended until spring 2024 as planned.
Motor vehicle and health insurance: insurance premiums will also increase from 2024
Another price increase that motorists will face: As every year, the German Insurance Association (GDV) will adjust the new type classes for motor insurance in 2024. For 7.4 million drivers, car insurance will become more expensive.
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However, it is not only in the motor vehicle sector that insurance premiums are rising – health insurance companies are also raising their prices. The additional contribution that individual health insurance funds can charge will rise to a record high of 1.7 percent.
Changes in gastronomy: Why restaurant visits will be more expensive in 2024
In 2024, the VAT rate in the catering industry will be raised again to the usual 19 percent. After it was lowered to seven percent during the Corona and energy crisis, eating out is now becoming more expensive again. The German Hotel and Catering Association (DEHOGA) even fears that the additional costs will have to be passed on one-to-one to consumers. So, in 2024, restaurant visits could become a luxury for some.
Garbage disposal more expensive from next year – the garbage fee will also increase in 2024
With a "general increase in costs" - this is how many municipalities now justify the increase in garbage fees from 2024. Among others, the district of Heilbronn is also increasing its waste fee. For a four-person household, 170 euros are now due annually.
Because of government regulations: holidays will also be more expensive in 2024
Anyone who wants to recover from the burdensome price increases under the palm trees will be disappointed. After all, holidays will also be more expensive in 2024. At the turn of the year, it was already clear to holidaymakers that they would now have to dig deeper into their pockets. Now, flights and hotels will cost more even on the 2024 trip. This is mainly due to government regulations for the industry.