how do “off-peak hours” work and are they interesting for everyone?

how do “off-peak hours” work and are they interesting for everyone?

how do “off-peak hours” work and are they interesting for everyone?

Despite the tariff shield put in place, the government announced on Wednesday 14 September that theHowever, regulated gas and energy prices will increase by 15% in 2023.

To save energy, we often hear about consumption in “off-peak hours”. But to take advantage of it, there are some conditions.

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You must already have the “peak hours / off-peak hours” option in your contract. With this option, instead of paying all your electricity at the same price, ie the base rate, it is cheaper during “off-peak hours”, but more expensive during “peak hours”.

When this option is selected, there are two immutable rules: the first is that, regardless of your provider, there are 16 “peak hours” and eight “peak hours” in a day. The second is that the periods in which consumption is most sustained, ie in the morning between 8:00, midday and in the evening between 17:00 and 20:00, are necessarily in the “peak hours”.

But be careful! Off-peak times are not the same for everyone. They change, depending on the type of meter and the municipality. They can be applied only at night, for example from 22:00 to 6:00, or distributed between night and afternoon, for example, between midnight and 6:00 then between noon and 14:00.

It all depends first of all on your lifestyle. If you are at home every day, for example working from home, you can forget. You also need to have the right equipment. “You still have to be able to deport some of your uses”explains the Director General of Services of the Energy Ombudsman Frédérique Feriaud.

“It is particularly interesting for people who are heated by electricity and who have an electric hot water tank controlled during ‘off-peak hours’.”

Frédérique Feriaud, Director General of the Energy Mediator Services

to franceinfo

And then it all depends on your electricity supplier. For this to be profitable, the Energy Ombudsman estimates that it is necessary to be able to consume at least one third of one’s electricity during “off-peak hours”, and again, only at the regulated tariff, the one charged in particular by EDF. With some competitors, the option only pays for itself by consuming more than half of your electricity overnight.

Before changing your subscription, check with your supplier, or use the online simulator of the energy broker, which will allow you to find the subscription that best suits your consumption.

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