4. Choose efficient appliances that are the appropriate size
We have often said that in the end it is more profitable to choose a domestic appliance with a good energy classification even if it costs more initially.
However, we rarely think about size, another key consideration for saving energy. We often don't need such a large freezer or such a capacious washing machine. The larger the size, the greater the consumption and therefore the greater the expenditure.
For example, having a washing machine of the appropriate size and knowing when it is cheapest to operate can help us to save on our monthly electricity bill. The same goes for the kitchen, where we can save money when we use our electric cooker if we choose the most appropriate type for our needs.
5. Choose the appropriate powers
With the new time-of-use tariffs you can select two powers (maximum contracted kW), an off-peak power and a peak power.
Sometimes we contract a very low power to save money and this causes our fuses to blow on a regular basis. However, sometimes we also have higher contracted powers than we really need.
Therefore, choosing the correct maximum contracted powers can also help us to save without worrying about losing our electricity supply. At Endesa we offer you an electrical power calculator to help you make a better decision. In addition, we will help you to manage the changes that you need.
6. Automate your home thanks to domotics
Another smart way of saving electricity by adapting our consumption to electricity time bands is to take advantage of domotics. A large investment is not required and it enables us to concentrate our electricity consumption at the cheapest times.
When domestic appliances or electrical devices do not have an in-built timer, they can be connected to an external timer. These are small, fairly economical devices that open and close an electrical circuit for a specific period of time.
These devices are very useful for controlling when water heaters and boilers are turned on and switched off during the winter. We can adjust their use so that they are only in operation at the cheapest times or a few hours before arriving home.
7. Check your consumption by hours
Both on your electricity bill and in your customer area you can find your consumption breakdown by electricity time bands: off-peak, standard and peak. When it comes to saving, it is very interesting to know your consumption patterns in these time bands.
With this information you can see if you can concentrate your electricity consumption more at the cheapest times, or if, conversely, you are more interested in another type of tariff that better suits your schedule and needs.