Having trouble understanding what your electricity bill says? Is it hard for you to decipher all that kind of concepts and numbers? Today, in Nostresol, we tell you how to understand your electricity bill.
In this role we find a lot of concepts that can make the invoice confusing and difficult to understand. That is why we want to resolve the most common doubts among consumers. In turn, we will try to make you able to count approximately the amount you will have to pay next month or the savings you can get.
Standard breakdown of a light bill
When you receive a bill from the light, you will find that your personal data appears at the top. They are the name, ID, contract and invoice number, bank account and issue date. You can check that your data is correct to avoid further errors.
Electricity bills also display your point of supply data. With them, you can learn about features like CUPS (Unified Supply Point Code). This will serve you to differentiate your point of supply from that of other distributors or agencies, that is, it is the code that identifies your meter.
One of the data you have to consider is the contracted access fee. The most common is 2.0 A, which is recommended for those who consume energy all day. But there are other types like the 2.0 DHA, with time discrimination to choose the hours when you consume the most and pay a lower price during that time.
On the other hand, you will also see the contracted power, which will depend on what you have agreed with your supplier. On a common bill, it will always be less than 10 kW, but it depends on the consumption you need in your home and its dimensions.
In this case, if you use renewable energy sources in your home, such as solar panels, the required power contracted should be much lower. This will help you save a lot of your bill money.
In addition, a graph of the evolution of your usage in recent months may appear, along with a detail of your billing information during the time you post your bill. Here you will find concepts such as the “power term“, which results from dividing 42,043426€ between the days or months of the year and multiplying the result by the number of days of your bill and the contracted power.
Another term is the “energy term“, a result of the multiplication of consumption in kilowatt hours by the price (in euros), which can be fixed or variable, depending on the price of energy in the market.
Finally, you can find billing details such as taxes (Electric Tax, VAT, Equipment Rental…).
How do I know if I’m being billed for the right thing?
There are often doubts about whether the consumption we are billed for is real. To check, we can check it against the previous invoices (as long as there have been no noticeable peaks) or counting the difference between the initial and final counter reading. If you want to make sure that this reading is correct and you have access to the counter, you can compare it with the one that it marks. If it is equal to or greater than the final reading that is reflected on your bill, the energy consumed and billed is correct.
How to save on the electricity bill?
We hope we have helped you decipher the data that comes on your electricity bill. Now, at Nostresol we support responsible consumption and we want you to know what you spend your money on when you pay for electricity.
Instead, with a small photovoltaic installation at home you could save up to 70% of what you pay monthly. This is because you would need to hire much less power and simply, residually, since you would be consuming a clean energy and an inexhaustible and free resource: the Sun.