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

Despite the tariff shield put in place, the government announced on Wednesday September 14 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 benefit from 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 for all your electricity at the same price, i.e. at the base rate, it is cheaper in “off-peak hours”, but more expensive in “peak hours”.

When the option is checked, there are two immutable rules: the first is that, in a day, there are, regardless of your supplier, 16 “peak hours” and eight “off-peak hours”. The second is that the periods when consumption is the most sustained, that is to say in the morning between 8:00 a.m., at noon and in the evening between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., are necessarily in “peak hours”.

But beware ! Off-peak hours 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 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., or distributed between the night and the afternoon, for example, between midnight and 6:00 a.m. then between noon and 2:00 p.m.

It all depends first and foremost on your lifestyle. If you are at home every day, working from home for example, 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 the services of the Energy Mediator Frédérique Feriaud.

“It is especially 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 Services of the Energy Mediator

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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 a third of its electricity in “off-peak hours”, and again, only at the regulated tariff, that practiced in particular by EDF. With some competitors, the option only pays off by consuming more than half of your electricity at night.

Before changing subscription, check with your supplier, or use the energy mediator’s online simulator, which will allow you to find the subscription best suited to your consumption.

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