Renewable district heating
By choosing renewable district heat for your home, you can reduce your carbon footprint easily for just a small extra fee. You can order renewable district heat whether you live in an apartment block or a terraced house, or whether you are renting or own your home.
Smaller carbon footprint starting from €2.20/month
By switching to renewable district heat, you can make a positive impact on the climate at a very low cost. See the following examples of how much renewable district heat reduces annual carbon dioxide emissions in different homes.
550 kg CO2/year
Corresponds to 4,500 kilometres driven by car.
Price €2.20/month in an apartment of 40 square metres.
1 100 kg CO2/year
Corresponds to 9,000 kilometres driven by car.
Price €4.30/month in an apartment of 80 square metres.
1 600 kg CO2/year
Corresponds to 13,500 kilometres driven by car.
Price €6.30/month in a detached house of 110 square metres.
Make a positive impact
In addition to transport, energy decisions at home are the most significant everyday deeds in terms of the climate.
You can also make a climate-friendly choice in the heating of your home. We produce renewable district heat in Helsinki from wood pellets.
Moving to renewable district heat is now as easy as switching your electricity contract: just enter the housing type and the square metres of your home and you will see the monthly fee. After that, you can go ahead and order renewable district heat.
Available in all districts of Helsinki
About 95% of the city of Helsinki is heated with district heat, and about 600,000 Helsinki residents live in an apartment block heated with district heat.
That means that your home is probably heated with district heat if you live in the downtown area or in an apartment block anywhere in Helsinki.
If you recognised your home in the above description, you can go ahead and change your district heat to renewable!
Heating forms in Helsinki
Renewable district heat for Helsinki residents since 2015
We have replaced our heat production with renewable energy sources each year for twice the amount that the renewable district heat customers have ordered from us since 2015.
With their choices, our renewable district heat customers have reduced the carbon dioxide emissions in Helsinki by 19,000 tonnes over the past four years. This amount corresponds to 160 million kilometres driven by a car.
However, this is just the beginning.
Frequently asked questions about renewable district heat
In the following, you can find answers to frequently asked questions about renewable district heat.
When you order renewable district heat, we will produce the amount of district heat you consume with renewable pellets against a fixed monthly fee.
When you choose renewable district heat, you will reduce your carbon footprint in an easy and low-cost way. You will receive locally produced district heat generated with renewable energy sources for a monthly fee of just a few euros. By ordering renewable district heat, you can also help forward the climate neutral energy production in Helsinki.
We produce renewable district heat with renewable energy sources: wood pellets and biogas, which can be alternated according to need and availability.
In 2019, we produce renewable district heat by replacing fossil fuels with wood pellets at Helen’s Salmisaari and Hanasaari power plants and in Finland's largest pellet boiler in Salmisaari.
Wood pellet, which is part of solid biomasses, is regarded to be carbon dioxide neutral, i.e. zero emission, energy source in the same way as energy derived from the sun, wind and water.
What renewable energy sources have in common is that when they are used in a sustainable way their reserves are not diminished in the long term. In addition, carbon dioxide emissions released in the utilisation of biomass are regarded as nature’s own carbon cycle, and therefore they are not considered to increase the greenhouse effect. For this reason, renewable energy, including biomass, is regarded as a climate-neutral energy production form. Statistics Finland is the authority in Finland that is responsible for reporting on the definition of renewability of energy sources.
Wood pellet has been defined as renewable in accordance with the EU emissions trading scheme and the greenhouse gas reporting systems within the scope of the EU and international climate agreements (UN Convention on climate change and the Kyoto Protocol), which Finland is part of. Helen does not define the climate impact assessment criteria for wood pellets it uses: we comply with the legislation, regulations and practices accepted in Finland and within the scope of international climate agreements.
Almost all apartment blocks in Helsinki are heated with district heat. Therefore, it is very likely that you are a district heat user if you live in an apartment block. If you want to find out whether your home is heated with district heat, you can call our district heat customer service on 09 617 8014 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The monthly price varies according to the type of house selected by the customer and the area of the customer’s home.
Pricing is based on the specific consumption of standardised houses estimated by Finnish Energy, as well as on the housing stock in Helsinki. The types of housing that use proportionally the least energy are apartments while detached homes use the most energy.
The price of renewable district heat is added as an extra fee on top of the price of normal district heat. For example, the production costs of renewable energy, the fuel costs of renewable energy sources, the cost of maintaining the product, and value added tax have been taken into account in the price of the product.
Customers living in a detached home can buy renewable district heat for exactly the amount of their metered consumption. Detached homes have an energy consumption meter, on the basis of which the district heat is billed. Customers living in a detached home can request an offer based on metered district heat consumption by email.
You need not do anything because the heat contract has been drawn up with the housing company. Households in apartment blocks and terraced houses do not have a district heat contract with Helen as they pay a fixed sum for district heat each month in connection with the management charge or rent to the housing company that has drawn up the district heat contract. With this product, you will secure part of renewable heat production for yourself, and it has no impact on the heat contract signed with the housing company.
You can draw up a separate contract on renewable district heat. Your current heat contract will remain unchanged.