False flat-rate tariffs
Flat-rate tariff is a very attractive term, so it has sometimes been used for rates that are not really flat. It might seem like they are, because they assure you that what you pay each month never changes... unless you exceed your consumption limit.
Sometimes this is an annual limit. This means that: You pay the same every month, but your consumption is verified at the end of the year. If you have exceeded your limit you have to pay an additional amount as compensation.
These options are absolutely legitimate, the only problem is that they try to call them flat-rate tariffs. Which what they are not.
If we think about the gym, it would be like them telling you at the end of the year that you have done too many hours of exercise and that you have to pay another 50 euros at Christmas.
There are many examples of false flat rates with electricity and gas tariffs.
It looks like you are going to have a fixed quota, but at the end of the year the time comes to do the sums and see if you have to pay more or get a refund. There is always the threat of a surcharge for excess consumption. These are not true flat-rate tariffs. These are not Endesa Única.
Much more than a flat-rate tariff
But why do you keep talking about the concept of an open bar? It is practical and simple, but it's a bit out of date. Endesa Única exceeds it.
Imagine an open bar where you get back most of what you paid if you drink only half an orange juice, because you have hardly caused any costs.
You have the peace of mind of being able to consume whatever you need, but if you don't some of what you paid is refunded.
Imagine a gym where you get some of your quotas back if you miss a few months.
- Based on the data for your historical consumption, a customised quota is calculated. You do not pay the same as everyone else: You pay a price that is unique for you.
- You pay a fixed quota every month. No surprise invoices, just your customised monthly quota for the year your contract lasts. At the end of that year, we review your quota to fit your true needs.
- If you meet the energy efficiency challenge and consume less electricity or gas, your bills will include a refund of part of your quota. In other words, if you use less, you pay less.
Do you understand what we are saying? You can stop imagining because this is already the case and it takes less than 5 minutes to contract. It is called Endesa Única and it is much more than a flat-rate tariff. Because, in addition to all that we have told you, it includes:
No minimum duration: If you are not satisfied, you can change your tariff or retailer any time you like, with no penalties.