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Old 30.04.2012, 15:07
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How do you take advantage of low tariff electricity rates in CH?

For e.g. with EWZ in Zurich, the low tariff times are Mon-Sat 22.00-06.00, and on Sundays. I've never really monitored our electricity consumption, but we're starting a family soon so thought I should start...

We'll be moving from our current building where we are the sole tenant (others are offices), into a multi-family apartment building. Each apartment will have their own washing machine & tumbler. We haven't received the full house rules yet, but I know that people usually shouldn't make noise (e.g. running the vacuum cleaner, washing machine or dish washer) during these exact low tariff hours. Seems like there's no feasible way to take advantage of these rates then, except for maybe doing the ironing on Sundays... or am I missing something?
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Old 30.04.2012, 15:10
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Re: How do you take advantage of low tariff electricity rates in CH?

Always charge your mobile after 10pm...
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Re: How do you take advantage of low tariff electricity rates in CH?

Our boiler is set to work only at night to benefit from those cheaper prices.

Otherwise the best way to save energy is to switch off completely all the electric appliances, and not let them in stand-by
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Re: How do you take advantage of low tariff electricity rates in CH?

Very difficult if you live in a flat. We have no neighbours so I put the diswasher and washing machine on after 9pm (each company's hours are different so if you are not sure, check with your local provider).
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Old 30.04.2012, 16:51
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Re: How do you take advantage of low tariff electricity rates in CH?

Wow - 10 pm is late! Ours start at 7 pm. I try to run washer and dryer after that, at least the dryer has a timer I can set. Also, I run the dishwasher after that most times. But 7 pm is more managable than 10 pm, I am way too tired by then!
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Re: How do you take advantage of low tariff electricity rates in CH?

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For e.g. with EWZ in Zurich, the low tariff times are Mon-Sat 22.00-06.00, and on Sundays. I've never really monitored our electricity consumption, but we're starting a family soon so thought I should start...

We'll be moving from our current building where we are the sole tenant (others are offices), into a multi-family apartment building. Each apartment will have their own washing machine & tumbler. We haven't received the full house rules yet, but I know that people usually shouldn't make noise (e.g. running the vacuum cleaner, washing machine or dish washer) during these exact low tariff hours. Seems like there's no feasible way to take advantage of these rates then, except for maybe doing the ironing on Sundays... or am I missing something?
We've noticed that the energy rates are cheaper here too, and have our own washer & dryer, but ironically you can't use them after 10pm! .. because of the noise.. kinda defeats the purpose of night-rate if you can't optimize your washing schedule

Dishwasher is fine as it's quite.

However if your looking to pro-actively reduce your electrical costs, install this;\
OWL Energy Monitor


You need the 3-phase pack for most swiss household electrical networks.
It's also possible to just look at the meter and take note of the KWH reading every few days
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Old 26.06.2012, 16:22
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Re: How do you take advantage of low tariff electricity rates in CH?

A lot of electrical items have a delay function, for instance we would always run our dishwasher in the UK overnight
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