New electricity and gas increases in April 2022: how to save now

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New electricity and gas increases in April 2022: how to save now

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In view of the new electricity and gas increases in April 2022, it is necessary to act immediately and put into practice some measures to reduce the bills. Here’s what to do.

THE INCREASES ON LIGHTING AND GAS ARE NOT ENDED AND FURTHER INCREASES MAY HAVE DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL 2022. THE FIRST ESTIMATES OF ANALYSTS CONFIRM HOW, ALSO DUE TO THE WAR IN UKRAINE, THE MARKET FOR ENERGY IS DESTINED FOR FURTHER INCREASES. IN PARTICULAR, THE BIGGEST INCREASES COULD HAPPEN IN ELECTRICITY. HERE’S HOW TO SAVE NOW BY REDUCING BILLS.

We still don’t know what will happen to the energy market over the next few months. It is likely, however, that from April 2022 there will be a new series of increases for electricity and gas, in particular for active deliveries on the protected market. The confirmation came from a recent estimate by Nomisma Energia which anticipated the arrival of a possible increase in the + 25% for electricity (after the + 55% recorded at the beginning of January 2022). On the other hand, the increase in the price of gas which could grow from + 2%.

Recall that for the protected market customers, the next tariff update is scheduled for April 1 and will be communicated by ARERA at the end of March. Currently, domestic supplies from the protected market record a price of around 0.35 euros per kWh for electricity (with hourly rate) and around 0.87 euros per cubic meter for gas supplies natural. It should be noted that the increases forecast by analysts also take into account the new Energy Decree of the Government which confirmed the lowering of system charges for electricity and gas and the reduction of VAT for gas to 5%.

For the Open Market Customersinstead, it is necessary to consult the last invoice and check the energy price applied by your supplier (the data is indicated in the detail of the invoice as “electricity/gas charge” or “cost of raw material “). By comparing this data with that of the protected market and with the prices currently available on the Free Market, considering the best offers, it will be possible to assess the advisability of changing supplier.

For save money and reduce your bills At the moment there are two options:

  • reduce energy cost thanks to the best electricity and gas offers on the Free Market
  • reduce energy consumption pay attention to waste and maximize efficiency

Savings are within the reach of all families. Even in a context of deep emergency like the one we are experiencing, in fact, it is possible to achieve cost reduction with small but fundamental measures. By choosing the right tariffs for electricity and gas, it will be possible to reduce the cost of energy. At the same time, moreover, with a little attention, you can use energy in the right way.

Here’s how:

HOW TO SAVE WITH THE BEST OPEN MARKET DEALS

Let’s start with the easiest option to save. To minimize the amount of your bills it is necessary to minimize the cost of energy. In particular, for customers in the protected market, it is essential to rely on offers cheaper than the free market which right now can guarantee huge savings, both short and long term. In fact, by remaining under the Maggior Tutela regime, a new blow is encountered in the bill.

The choice of the best offers is really simple and can be done by relying on online comparison. Thanks to comparator of SOStariffe.it for electricity and gas supplyindeed, it is possible to identify the most advantageous offer to activate in relation to one’s needs. Using the comparison is really very simple. Just enter a estimate of your annual electricity or gas consumption. The comparator, automatically and in a few moments, will perform cost simulations by identifying the best offer to activate according to your consumption profile.

It’s a simple, fast and free system for identify the best deals currently available on the open market. We repeat that for those in the protected market, it is essential to move immediately to the open market, choosing the best offers, in order to maximize savings. After having chosen the tariffs to be activated, it will be possible to sign the new supply contract directly online. The online activation process takes a few minutes.

For activate a new electricity or gas offer you just need to have it available the personal data of the holder of the supply and the data of the supply (in particular, the POD code for electricity and the PDR code for natural gas will be required). To complete the activation, it will also be necessary to provide the IBAN details of the current account (necessary to request the direct debit of the supply) and the contact details (it is enough to provide the email address and the mobile phone number).

Once all the steps have been completed, the contract will be activated. The supply, however, will not be active immediately. Indeed, it is necessary to wait a few weeks before registering the effective activation of a new supply contract. During this transition phase, the continuity of the energy supply is however guaranteed and it will not be necessary to change supplier. The whole procedure takes place completely free of charge and without any risk for the users.

How much can you save with the free market? The answer to this question is closely linked to the consumption of the user. Let’s take the case of a typical family (annual consumption of 2700 kWh of electricity and 1400 Smc of natural gas) in a protected market. Under current market conditions (prices are exploding), the estimated annual spend (assuming no further increases) is 1,200 euros for electricity and 2,100 euros for natural gas .

Switching to the best Free Market offers available in March 2022 is possible reduce electricity expenses by €450 and natural gas expenses by €430. Therefore, it is possible to anticipate savings well in excess of 800 euros. Any increase in the protected market will increase the savings margins of those who have chosen or will choose the open market offerings in the coming weeks.

HOW TO REDUCE LIGHT AND GAS CONSUMPTION BY AIMING EFFICIENCY AND AVOIDING WASTE

There is another way to reduce your bills. In addition to reducing the cost of energy is possible reduce consumption go to cut waste And emphasizing energy efficiency. Small daily tips will suffice to learn how to consume less without giving up on your needs. It is not necessary to make sacrifices but it is enough to adopt a careful and conscious behavior which will allow you to use energy in the right way. How can this be accomplished?

The precautions to be taken are different. First, we have to consider energy efficiency as a fundamental parameter. When buying a new appliance, in fact, you should always pay attention to the energy efficiency class indicated on the label provided by the manufacturer. By choosing the most efficient solution, it will be possible to minimize consumption for the same use of a specific appliance.

It is also important not to neglect the consumption linked to the systems lighting and to standby of household appliances. Choosing LED bulbs will allow you to reduce consumption related to lighting and reduce the use of the standby function, until canceling it, will allow you to further reduce your bill thanks to the reduction of prolonged energy waste in the time.

Then there remains the question of warm up which significantly affects user bills. In this case, it is important not to exaggerate the rise in temperature of the house by setting a target temperature that is not too high. Do not exceed 20°C and it would be better to settle around 15°C. Indeed, by exceeding this threshold, the consumption that will be recorded will be very considerable with exponential growth for each additional degree.

It is also necessary to carry out periodic maintenance and use a thermostat with a timer to regulate the times of use and avoid waste. In addition, with the application of thermostatic valves, it will be possible to correctly regulate the heat of each radiator, even turning off those that are not in use. In addition, the term of heat dispersion towards the outside must always be controlled, which leads to a reduction in the efficiency of the system.

The above also applies to cooling. By using the Conditioner during the summer months, do not overdo it and choose a target temperature that is not too low. The difference between inside and outside, in fact, should not exceed 10°C but it would be better to opt for a difference of 8°C. In this case too, it is necessary to bet on energy efficiency and carry out constant maintenance interventions .

Me too’Hot water involves considerable energy expenditure. In principle, it is advisable to switch from an electric water heater to a gas water heater to minimize energy consumption (it would even be better to opt for a solution with a solar thermal system). To reduce the consumption of hot water it is also necessary to privilege the shower which makes it possible to consume less water and thus less energy to heat it.

By following all these small but fundamental precautions, you can get a net saving on your bill, both in the short and long term.

Davide Raia – SOStariffe.it

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