Bang! Suddenly you are in darkness while making the bed or hoovering. Your fuse has tripped and you have been left in semi-darkness. Do you know what to do?
I am sure you know what people used to do: go to the electrical panel in your house and check to see if the switch has tripped. If so, you would put it back up and the electricity would come back on, as if by magic. But times have changed.
Did the fuses blow? Not any more
The expression "trip the fuse" has gone out of fashion. That is when houses had little lead and ceramic bars. Every time there was a power overload, these little bars melted and had to be replaced.
The little bars were then replaced with fuses (which were easier to change when they melted) and then came the electrical panel with various levers. From then on they no longer broke each time there was a power overload. To get the electricity back on, all you had to do was put all the levers back on.
The aim of all these systems has always been the same: to protect you. Limiting the amount of power your home requires from the grid is the best way to protect your system.
Now meters are smart
The device that measures how much electricity you use is called a meter. They are being replaced throughout Spain and before 2019 they will all be smart. But, what kind of smart are we talking about?
The new meters send your data remotely. This means technicians no longer have to travel around the city taking readings. And que neither do you have to send us your reading (which also makes sense if you do not have a smart meter yet).
The new meters tell us how much electricity you use at any given time. The advantage is that you can access this information from you Customer Private Area. And you do not have to wait 1 or 2 months to see how much you have used. Now you can keep a close eye on your consumption.