If you have an 'Economy 7' 2 rate electricity meter, you'll pay 2 rates for your electricity usage:
- a higher rate during peak hours (usually daytime)
- a lower rate during off-peak hours (usually overnight)
If you're not sure whether you're being charged 2 rates for your usage, look on page 3 of your statement. Under the heading 'About your electricity tariff', if 2 separate unit rates are shown (one for day and one for night), you're paying 2 rates. If the statement only shows one unit rate, you're just paying one rate for your usage.
The off-peak hours for Economy 7 meters usually fall somewhere between 10pm and 8am. The actual hours vary across the country, as well as with the type of meter you have. And your off-peak hours may not be in one continuous time period.
Your peak and off-peak hours may also change when the clocks change (for example, your meter might switch rates an hour later during British Summer Time). Again, this depends on your meter.
Your meter's off-peak hours
Sometimes the off-peak hours are listed on or next to the meter itself.
If your meter doesn't show your off-peak hours, there are a few ways you might be able to tell when it switches between peak and off-peak times, including:
- watching the meter's 2 readings to see when one reading stops going up, and the other reading starts going up
- listening for a click when the meter switches (this might not always be audible)
- if your meter is linked to your heating system, your heating may turn on when the meter switches to off-peak hours
If you're still not sure, you can contact us and we'll look into it for you.