Last fall we looked at how much we could save by choosing turn on our appliances always in the hours of the day in which the price of the light of our RRP rate with time discrimination is the most economical.
The savings can be very important, especially in the case of using high-consumption appliances, such as stoves, if we have ovens, electric radiators or we put washing machines and dishwashers every day.
In addition, although last spring electricity prices seemed to have been giving us a little breather, so saving measures were not so necessary to avoid triggering bills, this last month of August has meant a significant rise in the price of the kilowatt hourso choosing the cheapest time is again crucial to save.
However, these most expensive and cheapest hours they are not always the same, but they change slightly with the time of year, and also vary from winter to summer. For this reason, in order to plan, for example, the switching on of our air conditioning equipment, it is convenient to know precisely what will be the cheapest time of that day or, if possible, of the following day, something that, as we already saw in depth at the time, it is possible to find out by consulting different pages and online services.
The cheapest and most expensive hours this month of September 2023
In the event that we continue to use the air conditioning devices as air conditionersIn general, we are going to use them practically daily and generally at the same hours, logically depending on how hot it is and the geographical area where we live.
The highest energy cost will occur right at the time of ignition and in the minutes afterlater going on to a “cruise operation” where we will have a reduction in electricity spending that is reduced between 30-50% in inverter type models.
Something similar happens with teams like ovens, radiators, irons, electric water heaters and induction or ceramic hobswhere the ignition peaks represent the greatest electrical expense, later counting on a much lower “maintenance” consumption.
What is then the best time to turn them on? It depends. If we have hired one flat rate with our electric company without hourly discrimination, then it will give us the same since the price to pay will be the same every hour.
If instead we have time discrimination because we are subscribed to one regulated rate PVPC, then we must take into account the famous time slots and above all know how the price of electricity has been moving in recent days. And it is that, in the last weeksaccording to the data provided by Red Eléctrica Española, the price curve has been stabilizing again showing two large periods very well differentiated.
The first period corresponds to the cheapest time of the daywhich in working days in recent weeks has been placing the majority of days between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. with a very significant difference with respect to the most expensive hours of each day that can exceed 50% in the price, although somewhat less significant than in previous months.
We also again notice a drop in prices in the early morning hours, especially from 0:00 to 06:00 in the morning, something that had disappeared last spring and at the beginning of the summer. For this reason, doing laundry after midnight is once again profitable.
In addition, the most expensive time slot for our pockets has been in recent weeks between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.with peaks around 8:00 p.m. that decrease slightly at night and in the early morning.
Holidays and weekends
On holidays, Saturdays and Sundays, the periods change and the cheapest are located between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.with differences with respect to the most expensive hours that can be up to 4 or 5 times cheaper, depending on the day.
The most expensive hours are usually located in the section of 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and early morningso it is convenient to avoid this strip whenever we can when turning on the electrical appliances that consume the most light.
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