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EDF: find out if off-peak hours are really cheap!

Energy consumption at home is different depending on the season. It is especially during the winter when the costs of electricity and gas bills increase, and we always wonder how to reduce them. The question you ask yourself most in this moment it surely is” How to save energy? » EDF, for example, offers off-peak hours for all customers who consume electricity.

In a context of rising energy prices, the government has announced the establishment of a tariff shield intended to help households cope with rising energy prices. On the EDF side, off-peak hours allow you to benefit from advantageous electricity prices for 8 hours a day. Do they really allow us to save money?

energetic sobriety

In the current context, France’s energy transition is one of the government’s top priorities. France must get out of its dependence on fossil fuels and reduce its energy consumption by 40% by 2050.

Achieving this goal requires transforming our habits and behaviors in a stable and sustainable way.. This also means thinking about “energy savings”. is the meaning of energy sobriety plan announced by the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borneand the Minister for the Energy Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, on Thursday, June 23, 2022. In this context, working groups on energy sobriety have been launched to first mobilize the public sector and companies.

Indeed, “Sobriety”is currently the word on everyone’s lips regarding the energy crisis in France. Finding the balance between superfluous consumption and the satisfaction of needs is the most important lever to achieve a low energy consumption society.

Electricity and gas: The tariff shield

Furthermore, energy bills are constantly rising and are a matter of great concern for French households. The government has established a tariff shield and despite this, with respect to inflation, are consumers really protected? In any case, this tariff shield should help consumers in the face of the considerable increase in energy prices.

The tariff shield is a measure put in place by the government of the former Prime Minister Jean Castex in September 2021, as part of the finance law 2022, following the unprecedented increase in energy prices in France and Europe. Indeed, the prices of electricity, gas and other energies have been subject to exceptional increases since the beginning of winter 2021. In particular, due to the sudden recovery in economic activity after the COVID-19 health crisis. But also to the increase in the price of CO₂ emission quotas, as well as to the various geopolitical tensions.

This tariff shield is intended to protect French households from successive increases in electricity and gas prices. The latter occurred while other elements, such as the increase in fuel prices, are already weighing on household spending. The tariff shield applies to both electricity and gas.

Expansion of the tariff shield

The tariff shieldwhich had already been extended until December 2022 for gas, and until February 1, 2023 for electricity, will be renewed in 2023. This was announced by the Government on September 14, 2022 at its conference on the energy situation.

Although the energy crisis suggests large increases in gas and electricity prices this winter, the government has just announced the extension and new provisions of the tariff shield on energy prices. The increase in gas and electricity prices will be limited to 15%. The limitation is higher than that of 2022 (which was 4%) but affects “all homes, condominiums, social housing, small businesses and the smallest municipalities.” This measure implies:

  • Average increase in the bill of around €25 per month for homes that heat with gas. The increase would be around €200 per month without a tariff shield;
  • an average increase of around €20 per month for heating homes with electricity, instead of €180 without a tariff shield.

How to take advantage of the principle of off-peak hours?

if you manage to dominate the peak and off-peak regime, so necessarily energy savings and relieve your wallet.

It is EDF that offers the Off-peak hours option to give you the possibility of benefiting from an attractive price per kWh without VAT for 8 hours a day. However, the Valley and Peak hour ranges established by Enedis must be respected. The slogan is Organize to use your appliances only outside of peak hours. Thus, there is no doubt that you will be able to save energy and, of course, reduce your electricity bill.

But beware ! Keep in mind that you have to use your electrical equipment during peak hours, the rate will be higher than that of the Basic option.

Therefore, choosing the off-season option is ideal if you use a water heater. If you have an electric car or storage heater, this scheme will work too.

Do not hesitate to program your appliances such as your washing machine or dishes in off-peak hours.

How to know the peak hours and off-peak hours of EDF?

The option Rush hours allows consumers to benefit from two different kWh prices depending on the time of day. The price per kWh of electricity is cheaper 8 hours a day off-peak – especially at night – and more expensive the rest of the time in return (peak hours).

To know the off-peak hours at home, it is possible:

  1. Use thefree online tool “Know your off-peak hours.”
  2. see his latest edf bill : on the back, in the “features of your rate” section, you will find the rate option.
  3. examine your electric meter With the Linky smart meterthe scroll button “+” will show all the information related to the rate option, the rate of consumption and the delivery point (PDL at EDF).

What are the time slots?

8 hours EDF per day is needed. Generally, EDF’s off-peak hours are spread over a time slot of 8 consecutive hours. However, EDF’s off-peak hours can also be divided in 2 time slots Among 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. and from 9:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.. Off-peak hours typically occur when demand for electricity is low.

Off-peak time slots are defined by Enedis (previously ERDF) and not by EDF. This means that subscribers do not have no choice of your time slots off-peak hours, either at EDF or at another alternative provider.

Initially, these valley hours depended on the municipality. Today, Enedis establishes off-peak hours as follows:

  • contract already in off-peak hours before the installation of the Linky meter : the time slots for off-peak hours remain the same as before the installation of the new meter;
  • Optional contract basis at the time of installation of the Linky meter. However, the customer wants to switch to off-peak hours : Enedis assigns random time slots for off-peak hours. Off-peak hours are no longer based on the municipality;
  • fireplace not equipped with a Linky meter : nothing changes.

To find out what are the EDF off-peak hoursto gofree online tool at the beginning of the article and fill in the delivery point number (PDL), telephone number, name and surname of the contract holder.

You should know that EDF has implemented this system since the 1960s to encourage the population to reduce peak consumption during peak hours. If you manage to use 35% to 50% of your electricity outside of peak hours, this option will be for you!


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