We are becoming increasingly aware that our habits can affect our electricity consumption, especially when these are routine and repeated almost every day. So it's very interesting to know when it is cheaper to put on your washing machine, which can enable you to significantly reduce your electricity bill.
The best time to put on your washing machine in 2021
The best times for putting on your washing machine are the off-peak hours from 12 midnight to 8 am from Monday to Friday and throughout the day on weekends and holidays. However, depending on your tariff type, it may be much cheaper to put on your washing machine at other times.
We are going to take a look at all your options:
1. The best time period to put on your washing machine if you have a flat-rate electricity tariff
There are currently alternatives for your electricity contracts where you pay the same every month regardless of whether you consume more or less power. We are talking about real ones, flat-rate tariffs for electricity where you do not have to worry about what time you consume electricity.
With this type of tariff you can put on your washing machine or any household appliance at any time of day and forget about the time bands.
2. Times when you don't pay to put on your washing machine
Another option is to take advantage of tariffs that give you free hours of electricity consumption. In this case the question is easier to answer, the best times to put the washing machine on are those when the consumption of electricity is free.
For example, you can choose two hours in a row free with the Tempo Happy tariff, 2 hours each day when you will not pay anything for the electricity you consume. If you concentrate your consumption within these hours you will be able to put on your washing machine or any other household appliance for €0 per kW/h.
3. Time-of-use tariffs and washing machine time bands.
There are some people whose lifestyle allows them to focus their electricity consumption at certain times of the day and choose a time-of-use electricity tariff. In this case, the best times for putting on your washing machine are the off-peak or standard hours in the new electricity time bands.
For example, customers with Endesa time-of-use tariffs (such as One Luz 3 Time Bands) are best off concentrating their consumption in off-peak and standard hours, when a kWh is cheaper than during peak hours.
With time-discrimination tariffs the best times to put on your washing machine are from 12 midnight to 8 am and, alternatively, in the off-peak time band: from 8am to 10am; from 2pm to 6pm and from 10pm to 12 midnight.
During weekends and public holidays the cheapest time applies 24 hours per day. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays you will not have to worry about when it is cheaper to put the washing machine on with this tariff type.
A comparison of when it is best to put on your washing machine on weekdays with time-of-use tariffs