Cheap electricity - When is electricity more affordable, and how to use it?
In the era of increasing global energy uncertainty and rising energy prices, saving is one of the mechanisms for overcoming the crisis. Affordable electricity and its use is a way to lower electricity bills.
When is electricity more affordable?
Whether you live in Vojvodina, Belgrade, or central Serbia depends on when you can count on cheaper kilowatts. More affordable electricity for people in central Serbia is from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., and for consumers in Vojvodina from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. For citizens of Belgrade, cheap electricity is from midnight to 8 a.m. It is essential to know that affordable electricity provides lower costs than "regular" electricity by three to four times.
A reward for people who save
The regulation on the reduction of electricity bills, which the Government of Serbia adopted at the end of September 2022, enabled households to save money by reducing electricity consumption. EPS reduces bills from October 2022 to March 2023, compared to the same month of the previous year. The savings percentage also depends on how much discount a household will receive.
For savings between five and 20 percent, the discount is 15 percent; from 20 to 30 percent, the value is 20 percent; and for savings more significant than 30 percent, households receive a 30 percent discount. The discount refers to three items on the bill, calculation power, the cost of the guaranteed supplier, and the energy used.
Cheap electricity - better price on the bill
You can significantly reduce your electricity bill by rationally using electrical appliances when electricity is cheap. This applies to large consumers such as boilers, refrigerators, stoves, freezers, washing machines, and dishwashers.
If you have the opportunity, it is most beneficial to have the full washing machine, and to use it exclusively at night, when electricity is cheaper. One of the options is to reduce the temperature because the colder one may be enough to wash, and you will save money.
It is best to charge the water heater when the electricity is cheap because your bills will be lower. Also, if you are heating with electricity via the stove, it is best to charge it at night.
Preparing food at night can be one of the options if it takes several hours to cook it. Opening the refrigerator less often also saves electricity because the temperature drops by a few degrees every time you open it.
It's also important to unplug devices you're not using because even though routers, phone chargers, or laptops consume little, they still consume and can unnecessarily add to your electricity bill.
When you travel, turn off televisions, computers, and other devices you will not use. If you vacuum every day, consider doing it every other day because the house will be just as clean.
Also, put everything away before vacuuming so you don't do it while the vacuum is on. When electricity is cheap, you can iron things while they are still wet because they are easier to iron.
Unlike "ordinary" bulbs, LED bulbs consume much less electricity.
Good wall insulation and quality joinery are one of the ways you can reduce energy waste. The state has recognized the importance of energy efficiency in Serbia, which is why it provides subsidies for replacing carpentry, insulation, roofs, and heating devices, as well as installing solar panels.