Do you think you do not spend as much as you pay and want to know why? Do not you know what power you have hired? or maybe yes, but, do you have doubts as to whether it is the right one and if you could save by changing it? Keep reading because we tell you everything you need to know.
The contracted power is the most important thing to take into account when paying bills, since this is the base from which they start. You may have an excess of power and you are throwing money away, when you could save by lowering it, or, on the contrary, you may fall short and that will hurt you when you suffer "cuts" every two times, when use several electrical devices at the same time.
In this article we explain some cases in which it would be good to reduce the electric power to achieve savings, and the disbursement that can be made if it is done lightly and all possibilities are not taken into account.
Exactly what is the contracted power and why does it affect me?
It supposes a fixed monthly cost in your invoice in function of the kW that you have hired. Even if you spend 0 kW and are on vacation, or do not temporarily use your home or premises, you will continue to pay an invoice equivalent to the price of the contracted power.
A practical way, is the amount of kW that supports the electricity of your house when you connect several appliances at once. If you overcome that power there will be a power cut and you will have to turn off any of the devices you are using at that time, to subsequently restart the light box.
Reasons why you could save money by lowering your potency
1. For each section you reduce you will save a little more, paying less month to month.
2. If they have never "skipped the leads" or the Power Control Switch. (The ICP is the new control switch that cuts the light when you exceed the power you have contracted) It is because you have never used the maximum of your power and you have a margin to decrease it, benefiting from it.
3. If you have an unoccupied property. In the event that you have a room / house that is not used (for a minimum of one year, since if you cancel the supply completely, at the time of registration it has a cost again). So the solution would be to lower the power to the minimum to pay a very low fixed expense, and then not have to pay all the expenses that entail a new discharge. Beware, because in principle, there can only be one change of power per year per owner.
4. Changes in your consumption. If you change your consumption habits, either because you have changed to another type of appliances that consume less, or because you have installed solar panels. Or maybe you work many hours away from home and the rest of people who live with you too, or you spend less time in the home than before, for whatever reason, and you minimize the consumption of the devices that cost the most, such as heating, air conditioning, ceramic hob, water heaters (thermos), etc. you can lower the power.
5. The family unit changes. If there are fewer people living together at home, you will probably need less power, and if you increase the number of people and use more devices at the same time, it is likely that you will consume more without being able to consider this way of saving, you may even have to contemplate the option of an increase in power.
6. You use an energy meter: If you have used an energy meter and have seen that you consume less electricity than you have contracted you can lower the power. If you have not tried it, there are meters that help to collect the data of the electrical cost of your entire house by placing them in the electrical panel. They are the most useful to monitor the global spending that is done in kWh and in this way you can take real control of what you are consuming and see if you should lower your power to save or not.
Expenses to take into account to make a decision
First of all, you should also look at the extra expenses. When reducing the power you will have to pay a small cost of 9.04 euros + VAT at the rate of the coupling rights.
What if you have to take into account is properly choose the power that you will reduce because, if you raise the cost will be higher, since you will also have to pay the access rights € 17.37 + VAT per kW requested and extension € 19.70 x kW.
The distributors are obliged to accept ONLY one change per year, if you would like to change it again because it is not the one that suits you or because you have fallen short, you could get stuck.
If the installation is more than 20 years old, you will be asked for an updated Electricity Bulletin that can cost between approximately 60 and 200 euros.
Some distributors may charge you other deposits, so if you decide to make a change of power, call and inform yourself beforehand, to consider all the possibilities.
If you want to know what power is best for you, read our article "What is the right power for me?", in wich we give you several tips to choose the most convinient and we inform you of our rates.
If you have any questions contact us through customer service and we will happy to solve it.