How much does it cost to increase the power engaged at home?

Here is everything you need to know about the costs of increasing the meter's committed power and how to make the request.

  power engaged in electricity INCREASING THE POWER USED FOR THE SUPPLY OF ELECTRICITY IN THE HOME IS POSSIBLE. THIS IS NOT A PARTICULARLY COMPLICATED OPERATION. JUST CONTACT YOUR SUPPLIER TO REQUEST A CHANGE TO THE CONDITIONS OF SUPPLY. HOWEVER, THIS OPERATION IS NOT FREE OF CHARGE AND INVOLVES A FIXED COST IN ADDITION TO AN INCREASE IN THE ANNUAL COST OF THE SUPPLY, REGARDLESS OF THE RECORDED CONSUMPTION AND THE COST OF ELECTRICITY. HERE ARE ALL THE DETAILS RELATING TO THE COSTS FOR INCREASING THE POWER USED OF THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY IN THE HOME.

For all domestic customers there is the possibility of increase the committed power of the meter of your electricity supply . This operation is useful for being able to use several appliances at the same time, preventing the meter from 'jumping'. It is an option available for all domestic supplies, without particular complications and without the need to change the meter. Here are all the details relating to the increase in the power involved in the supply of electricity and the costs of this operation:

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In most cases, the engaged power of the meter is equal to 3 kW . This is the standard value that characterizes the vast majority of domestic supplies. The data in question is always indicated in the bill, with the wording ' Power contractually committed “. It should be noted that the data relating to the available power is also indicated in the electricity bills, which is equal to the power used with a 10% increase. Consequently, the available power is generally equal to 3.3 kW.

For home users there is, however, the possibility of request an increase in the engaged power. This request may be linked to the need to satisfy specific needs in terms of electricity consumption. When many household appliances are used at the same time or there is the need to use high-consumption appliances, in fact, the power input of 3 kW may not be enough. In all these cases, it is possible to request an increase.

The increase in the engaged power of the electricity meter follows steps of 0.5 kW up to a maximum of 6 kW (subsequently steps of 1 kW are followed). Consequently, in addition to the 'standard' 3 kW, it is possible to opt for 3.5, 4, 4.5 kW and so on. The value of the committed power influences the total expenditure in the bill, representing a decisive factor for the determination of the amount indicated as ' Power share ” which added to all the other items helps to define the total amount of the bill.



HOW TO CHECK THE COMMITTED POWER OF MY SUPPLY?

Checking the engaged power of your supply is very simple. That's enough consult the last bill sent by your supplier and locate the data relating to the 'Power contractually committed' . This data is shown in the section of the bill which summarizes the characteristics of the supply. Almost certainly, the power involved is 3 kW. Alternatively, it is possible contact the customer service of your supplier to request additional information regarding this data.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO INCREASE THE USED POWER OF THE METER?

We now come to the main question related to the power involved. So how much does it cost to request an increase in the power used by the meter for your domestic supply? Domestic customers, to complete this operation, must charge a fixed cost as well as a cost linked to the chosen power level used. In fact, as the committed power that you want to achieve at home increases, there will also be an increase in the cost of the operation.

F until the end of December 2023 a subsidized cost is foreseen for the increase in the power involved. This operation requires a fixed contribution of 23 euros to be paid to the seller to which a contribution of 60.86 euros per kW of additional power . Consequently, to pass from 3 kW to 4 kW of committed power it is necessary to take into account a cost of 83.86 euros. In the past, however, it was also necessary to consider an administrative fee to be paid to the local distributor of approximately 23 euros.

These prices refer to one supply under the enhanced protection regime where the contractual conditions are defined directly by ARERA and the suppliers are required to follow the indications provided by the Energy Authority. As for the increased power engaged in the Free Market , however, the fixed cost and the cost per additional kW of power are defined by c contractual conditions provided by the individual supplier . Also in this case, until December 2023, the contributions to the distributor are zero.

To find out more, therefore, it is advisable to contact the Customer Service of your supplier or consult the supply contract.

HOW TO REQUEST THE INCREASE OF THE USED POWER OF THE METER

Getting an increase in the committed power of your electricity meter is very simple. That's enough contact the customer service of your supplier , referring, for example, to the contact details shown in the bill or on the official website. Upon receipt of this request, the supplier is required to forward it to the local electricity distributor within and no later than 2 working days.

It will therefore be up to the local distributor to complete the operation which must be completed within 5 days of receipt. No site visit by a distributor technician is required. Some providers allow their customers to request an increase in the meter's power online . This request can be made through the Customer Area of ​​the site.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO DECREASE THE USED POWER OF THE METER? DO YOU SAVE?

For consumers there is also the opposite possibility to the one indicated above. Indeed, it is possible reduce the power used by the meter for your electricity supply. This operation is also completely optional. Therefore, for a 3 kW user, it is possible to request both an increase and a reduction in the power used. Again, the reduction proceeds with steps of 0.5 kW .

Reducing the committed power is a possible operation in cases where the drawn power is clearly lower than the committed one. The standard committed power of 3 kW, in fact, represents an average value that more or less covers the needs of all Italian homes. For small houses, however, there is the possibility of requesting a reduction in power. The benefits, however, are minimal.

With a lower committed power of 3 kW , in fact, it registers a small cost reduction fixed and independent of the amount of energy consumed from its own supply. There are no additional benefits to consider. The savings guaranteed by the reduction of the engaged power is approx 12 euros per year for every 0.5 kW less .

By bringing the power used from 3 kW to 1.5 kW, therefore, it will be possible to save just under 36 euros per year. In this hypothesis, however, half of the electrical power can be drawn from the grid, considerably limiting the use of household appliances and all other devices that require electricity from the domestic system in order to function.

HOW TO SAVE ON YOUR LIGHT BILL IN THE EVENT OF AN INCREASE OF THE POWER COMMITTED

The power used involves a fixed cost which is independent of the consumption in the bill. The higher this value is, the higher the contribution to be paid each month to your supplier. In general, however, it is a minimum contribution (in the order of a few euros per month). Even the reduction of the power involved involves limited benefits in the bill.

To reduce your electricity bill indeed, it is appropriate to focus on other aspects and, in particular, reduce the cost of energy going to choose the best ones electricity offers . Another way to save is the one that provides optimization of electricity consumption , with a reduction in waste and an increase in energy efficiency.

Both ways are viable. To get a savings immediate , without changing your consumption habits or having to invest in energy efficient products, you can rely on cheaper electricity rates than the Free Market and go to cut the cost of electricity. This solution guarantees huge savings in bills.

Thanks to the best rates of the moment, easily identifiable through the online comparison accessible from SOStariffe.it comparator per light offers , it will be possible to significantly reduce the cost of energy and, therefore, reduce the cost of the bill for the same consumption recorded at home. The savings margins guaranteed by the best electricity offers are considerable.

Currently, the incidence of voice Expenditure for energy on the bill (the portion of the bill linked to consumption and the activated electricity rate) affects for more than 80% of the total amount of the bill. It is therefore clear that it is essential to reduce the cost of electricity in order to access maximum savings.

Reducing the cost of electricity is a priority to save money, regardless of the value of the power used in your supply. As pointed out earlier, there is also the possibility of cut supply costs walking to cut consumption, focusing on eliminating waste and increasing energy efficiency (obtainable, for example, by purchasing new high-efficiency appliances). Combining the two options (cutting the cost of energy and cutting consumption) it will be possible to obtain maximum savings.

Davide Raia – SOStariffe.it

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