Do you have to have a Ferrari meter kWh to be able to deliver electricity? No, with one exception, every kWh meter will record the energy supplied. A ferrarism meter is only really easy because it immediately settles it on your meter because there is no administration of an electricity company or whatever involved. If you have a kWh meter with feed-in meters then you have separate counters for used and supplied energy. The electricity company must subtract these two values from each other in its computer system. Then hope that all goes well. With the Power to Choose Energy you need to be specific.
A very small number of kWh meters cannot register the energy returned. You then return electricity, but it is not registered, pity about your investment. You can then ask your electricity company to install a new meter.
The energy company says my meter needs to be replaced, is that correct?
No, that’s not true. People are trying to sell you a smart meter. Free still. Have you ever seen someone make an effort to give something away for free? What are you thinking then? Indeed, there must be a snake there. No need to replace your meter. This is even regulated by law that you can refuse this. There is one exception to this: if your meter has been rejected by TNO. There is one other reason why you would like a new kWh meter yourself: if you and that is exceptional, have a kWh meter that cannot record the re-delivery.
With a smart meter, you can choose for yourself whether you want to be charged at a double or single rate. What is smart in such a case? In other words, when does the double rate pay? We sorted it out.
Double rate meter
The whole of this country is currently supplied with a smart meter. By 2020, it is expected that all energy meters will be replaced. These meters are installed as a double rate meter as standard. Because of this development, it is, of course, important to know whether the double rate is actually that cheap.
What are the double rate or normal rates and off-peak rates?
The double rate consists of a normal rate and an off-peak rate. You pay the off-peak rate at night, during the weekend and during public holidays. The term off-peak rate dates from the 1960s. Then electricity companies started using a different rate during the day on working days than at night and during the weekend. The off-peak rate applies between 11 p.m. and 7 p.m. Off-peak hours in large parts of Limburg and Brabant and some exceptional areas start at 9 p.m. We used to call off-peak rate usually night rate. And what used to be called daily rate or peak rate is now called the normal rate.
Is the off-peak rate always the cheapest?
You are not required to have day and night current measured separately. You can also opt for a single rate. That is higher than the off-peak rate but usually lower than the normal rate. The single rate is favorable if you mainly use electricity during the day on workdays. It also depends on the rates of your energy supplier. It is roughly the case: if you use more than half in the night hours and on the weekends, you are more economical with double rates.