How to save on your bill by taking advantage of electricity time bands

With the new time-of-use tariffs we have had to adapt to the peak, standard and off-peak time bands. Is it possible to save on your bill by making the most of electricity time bands? Here are a few tips for you.

Seven tips for saving electricity with time-of-use tariffs

To save with time-of-use tariffs, it is best to take advantage of the times of day when electricity is cheapest, the so-called off-peak hours.

However, it is often not possible to concentrate our consumption at these times. But don't worry, here are a few tips to help you save by taking advantage of the electricity time bands.

 

1. Use timers on your domestic appliances that use the most electricity

With timers you can programme your domestic appliances so that they operate during the cheapest hours of your tariff and time bands. One way of taking advantage of the automatic operation of your washing machine or dishwasher to save when hours of electricity are cheaper.

For example, if we leave the house at 8am, we can programme the dishwasher to start working from 6am. This enables us to take advantage of off-peak hours (from 12pm to 8am), spending less and checking that the programme concludes correctly.

 

2. Recharge batteries at night

If we recharge the batteries of our electrical appliances at night we can take advantage of the cheapest time band to consume the same amount of energy and pay less for it.  

We have an ever increasing number of devices and domestic appliances that work with batteries that need to be recharged relatively frequently. Vacuum cleaners, mobile phones, toothbrushes, watches, scooters and electric bicycles that work with rechargeable batteries.

If we charge their batteries at night we can take advantage of the off-peak hours of time-of-use tariffs to achieve a significant saving on our monthly bill. 

Here we must not forget electric cars, which have high-capacity batteries that require more energy to completely recharge. If you have this type of vehicle it is essential that you take advantage of the electricity time bands to save on your bill and recharge your car at the cheapest times.

 

3. Check the condition of your domestic appliances

Sometimes we need to use domestic appliances outside the cheapest electricity time bands. For example, fridges and freezers need to be in operation all the time.

However, if we ensure that the doors are tightly closed and the temperature well adjusted to the amount of food that we wish to keep, we can make a significant saving on our time-of-use tariff, even though we are consuming electricity during all time bands.

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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.

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