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Eight tips to reduce consumption

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Jgiven the most recent developments in the electricity market, consumers are expected to pay more on their bills in the coming weeks. However, there are some tricks that can help reduce consumption and, therefore, reduce the electricity bill.

“Even before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, electricity was already giving indications that the coming months could have a big impact on consumers’ pockets. Prices are rising, but there is a way to reduce consumption“, says the Portuguese Association for Consumer Protection (DECO).

In a “guide” intended to help consumers survive price increases, the DECO presents eight tips to help you save on your electricity bill. Take note:

  1. “Looking at your invoice, can you identify if your empty consumption represents half of the total value or close to it? If yes, a bi-hourly rate can compensate“;
  2. “If you have already joined the liberalized market, know that, for the moment, the regulated tariff is the cheapest option for most consumers. Find out in our simulator which electricity supplier has the most suitable tariff for your consumption profile”;
  3. Do not leave electrical equipment on standby. Although they seem off, they consume energy. By unplugging them from the outlet, you can save around 10% on your energy bill. If you turn off the TV boxes, for example, instead of leaving them on standby, you can save around 14 euros per year”;
  4. “If you have to buy a new device, choose one that effective. The energy label helps to identify the best option”;
  5. “Every time you leave a division, turn off the lights“;
  6. “The right temperature is around 20°C in winter and 25°C in summer. A reduction of just one degree of heating in winter can save you up to 8% energy by closing windows and stores. streamline the use of air conditioning, avoiding placing it at a temperature below 24°C”;
  7. Avoid opening the fridge and freezer unless absolutely necessary.. Also check that these devices have the set temperature. They may be consuming too much energy without realizing it.”
  8. “If you have to use the oven, turn it off before the end of cooking. You can use the waste heat to finish it.”

Electricity bill will increase

EDP ​​Comercial announced on Thursday that will increase the price of electricity for domestic customers by 3%as of May, an update “in line with the recent announcement of the regulated market’s tariff adjustment”, underlined the company.

Galp also announced this week that it would increase rates for domestic customers. from April 15with monthly increases of up to three euros for natural gas, and between one and two euros for electricity, confirmed an official source.

Electricity tariffs on the regulated market will increase by five euros per megawatt hour (MWh), starting April 1, i.e. an increase of around 3% in the average monthly electricity bill, announced this week the Energy Services Regulatory Authority. (ERSE).

In a statement, ERSE said the increase relates to consumers in the regulated market, which in January had 927,000 customers (around 6% of total consumption).

The wholesale electricity and natural gas markets were already going through an energy crisis, with historically high values, the rise in prices having exploded with the war in Ukraine, reaching values ​​ten times higher than those recorded at the beginning of 2021.

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