Did you know that in Portugal pay relatively little electricity. Know where you pay more in Europe.
The electricity bill is one of the fixed monthly expenses that all families have to endure. And it is also one of the most difficult to reduce. Despite the liberalisation of the energy market, the electricity rates have not come down and a news released recently by the business journal that the tendency is that energy prices will continue to rise in the coming years.
However, if you think you pay too much for the electricity it consumes, in comparison with other European countries, Portugal has the lowest average values. The European average price per kWh is about 0.137 euros for energy consumed in Portugal this figure drops to the EUR per kWh 0.121, according to data from Eurostat for the last year.
Where you pay more for electricity?
Cyprus is the country where the price per kWh consumed is greater: the price prowled the 0.228 euros in 2013. This situation was mainly due to the accidental destruction in 2011 of the largest electric power plant in the country, responsible for 60% of the electricity production of the island. To cover the losses suffered, the Government of Cyprus had to implement additional fees on electricity bills. After Cyprus, appear to Ireland (0.195 EUR/kWh), Spain (0.175 EUR/kWh) and Belgium (0.158 EUR/kWh)as the countries where consumers pay more for electricity.
At the opposite pole, Macedonia is where you pay less for electricity in Europe: about 0.039 euro per kWh consumed. Also Bosnia Herzegovina (0.069 euros/kWh) and Bulgaria (0.077 euros/kWh) are among the countries where the light is cheaper.
Changes in regulated market in Portugal
If you noticed at the beginning of the year an increase in the price of electricity paid on your monthly bill, know that this rise is the result of an average increase of 2.8%to the ERSE (energy services regulatory authority) announced at the end of 2013 toc onsumers who still remain in the regulated electricity market.
It is recalled that last year were extinguished, in the context of the liberalisation of the energy market, the regulated tariffs on electricity and gas. In other words: are the operators on the market power that set their prices freely and not the ERSE. Therefore, consumers will have to make the move to free market until 2015. To take a final decision, consumers are being covered by the interim tariff ERSE that is reviewed every three months. As time passes, this rate will increase. This serves to encourage consumers to make the transition to the free market. To learn more about this issue and have access to simulations of the positive balance, read this article.
10 tips to reduce the electricity bill
- Choose to paint the walls with light colors. So, is to reduce the need for artificial lighting.
- use appliances with the energy label of class A + or A ++.
- Avoid leaving some appliances such as television, stereo or DVD on “stand by”.
- When cooking, do not open the oven. To do so is to lose about 20% of energy. In addition, to turn off the oven a little ahead of schedule is to conserve heat and continue to cook foods.
- Replace the incandescent light bulbs for energy-saving. To do so could save 2.1%in energy.
- place the refrigerator in a cool place and away from heat sources. It is also important that you do not place hot foods inside the refrigerator.
- The dishwasher is one of the appliances that consume more energy. Therefore, use it only when it is completely full.
- The LCD screens save approximately 37% of energy in operation and approximately 40% in standby mode. If you are not using the screen, turn it off.
- install Windows with double glazing to prevent heat loss. 10. Be careful with the choice of air conditioning: for the same performance level there are some devices that consume more than 60% of electricity than others.
- Be careful with the choice of air conditioning: for the same performance level there are some devices that consume more than 60% of electricity than others.