Even though we may not spend much time there, our second residence should always be ready to enjoy on holidays or weekends, without any complications.
That is why it is very important to take into account some important details so that this little luxury does not become a great waste of money.
On the coast, in the mountains, in the village... a holiday home is, in principle, a house like any other. However, there are notable differences in the way we use them, starting with the time we spend in them.
A coastal house that you only go to on holiday and short getaways (usually summer and bank holiday weekends) is not the same as a house that is closer by and that you go to every weekend.
Our way of "enjoying the house" is important but there are other factors that also have an influence, such as its size, whether it is in more climatically exposed areas such as near the sea or in the mountains, if it is an apartment surrounded by other flats or a villa with several facades and a roof... everything has an influence on the challenge of minimising consumption to make it as efficient as possible
Let's take a look at it in steps.
Calculate the power you require
A common mistake with holiday homes is the one caused by the misconception that "since we are going to be there for a short time", and the contracted power is a fixed expense, we will sign up for a lower power to save a few euros.
The problem occurs when we are there, we consume electricity normally and the fuses blow. When there is not enough electricity for everything, the power cuts are a serious inconvenience.
How can we avoid this?
By taking out the amount of power you need, no more and no less.
It's not a question of adding up the power of all the appliances because it is very unlikely that we will put them all on at the same time. But you do have to take into account, for example, that putting on a washing machine and making something to eat in the oven at the same time can be a frequent occurrence. And while this is happening, the fridge is still working and the TV is on.
It all adds up.
It is therefore necessary to find a balance and, if anything, go slightly high. It is better to lower the power, which is free, than to have to ask to raise it, which does have a cost.
Let's see what happens to the variable part, the kWh we consume.
Get the most appropriate tariff
Another common mistake is to think that since we are not there very much, it's not worth thinking about it too much and we settle for a standard tariff when it is very likely that, by devoting only a few minutes to comparing, we will find some very interesting savings possibilities.
In second residences we have different habits that are often more constant, clear and differentiated. With shorter stays in the house and often concentrated in the same hourly stretch.