In the same way that we look for the best electricity rate depending on the characteristics of our main residence and our habits, it is just as important that we do this with our second home, taking into account that the differences can be very significant.
The biggest difference is that, unlike our main residence, we spend much less time in these homes, often concentrated at one time of the year (generally during the summer) or on certain days, such as weekends. But this is not the only difference, their size or the fact that they are in more climatically exposed areas such as on the coast or in the mountains means that they have particular characteristics. All of this must be taken into account when choosing the best rate, let us tell you why.
Power rating, a key concept
Put simply, our electricity bill has two main components: one fixed, the contracted power rating, and the other variable, the consumption, and both must have different characteristics in the case of a second home, both to optimise spending and also to avoid making mistakes that can be harmful.
This is usually very common with the power rating. As owners are absent for long periods, even many months a year, paying a fixed amount for this item can seem an excessive expense and there is a tendency to contract a very low power rating. The problem is that when we are in our second residence and we consume electricity, this power rating may be insufficient and thus cause power cuts. Therefore, when determining what power rating to contract, it must always be the right one, with a small safety margin, which guarantees all the electrical devices can operate safely.
In short, a practical exercise must be carried out to verify that the correct power rating has been chosen for effective operation. It should be neither too high, thus making the bill too expensive, nor too low and constantly cause power cuts. All this, bearing in mind that lowering the power rating is free, but asking for it to be raised implies a cost that may be significant.
To do this, you can first turn on all the electrical appliances and thus check that it is sufficient. Then, only turn on those appliances that need to be run simultaneously (for example, a washing machine and the oven at the same time). If the trips don't jump in the first test, the power rating may be too high, on the other hand, if there are problems in the second test, it may be insufficient. Therefore, it is always necessary to find this balance.
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