On the 1st of June, the new time slots in electricity consumption begin to be applied. It would be convenient to adapt our habits to them if we want to save on the electricity bill.
The new rates aim to promote consumption in the time slots where the congestion is minimum for the energy networks, encouraging responsible energy use. However, we have to know that it will only apply to those consumers covered by the regulated tariff or PVPC (Voluntary Price for Small Consumer).
The new time slots
From June, there will be three different time slots:
• Peak hours, with more expensive charges and tolls, will be from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 2 pm, and from 6 pm to 10 pm.
• Regular hours, with an intermediate cost, will go from 8 am to 10 am, from 2 pm to 6 pm and from 10 pm to midnight. From Monday to Friday.
• The off-peak tariff, the cheapest, will be applied from midnight to 8 am on working days, plus 24 hours on weekends and public holidays.
Yes, it is possible to save money on your electricity bill.
Although the new time slots complicate daily life somewhat, with a few changes it will be possible to save on the electricity bill:
• Adjust power: the new pricing allows you to contract two different rates depending on consumption. It will be interesting for those who have electric vehicles, who will be able to hire a higher rate to charge them at night when the price of electricity will be lower.
• Program household appliances: many washing machines and dishwashers can be programmed.. The advice is to make it so that they work at night. Using eco programs also helps you save.
• Turn off the devices on standby: some estimations show that leaving the devices on standby can account for up to 10% of consumption. Therefore, it is a good idea to turn them off completely.
• Make the most of the weekend: save a few hours to cook, wash and iron during the weekend. It'll liberate you during working days while spending less on your electricity bill.
• Go for efficiency: energy-efficient appliances, LED bulbs, programmers, and smart plugs are also ways to save on your electricity bill.
• Regulate the temperature at home: it is not necessary to be in short sleeves in winter or with a jacket in summer. Temperatures of 24º - 25º C in summer and 20º - 22º C in winter are considered comfortable and help to reduce electricity consumption.
More efficient homes
When looking for a home, an important tip is to pay close attention to aspects related to insulation: surround, double-glazed windows, etc. In newly built properties, energy efficiency and sustainability are already essential elements. However, it is always advisable to check them.
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