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Setting up Electricity

Moving to a new apartment soon, the landlord just told me to setup the elctric in my name with ewz.

On their site there are so many products, like pro nature / eco nature / solar/ etc.., then there is a menu for Tariffs
Can anyone help explain how to set it up? Any utility comparison site that I can input size of the apartment and they suggest various providers / deals ( bit like Comparis, but didn't see electricity at Comparis)


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Re: Setting up Electricity

I doubt there is any other provider than EWZ to choose. In my case rental agency set it up. I guess there are 3-4 different tarrifs with a good example of avg usage of 1 person household. You just need to choose 1 of them.
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Re: Setting up Electricity

EWZ are a fairly benevolent monopoly.

Electricity is the same whatever tariff you take, so go for the cheapest. They will advise and are keen to use less electricity!
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Re: Setting up Electricity

Thanks for the reply, I asked the landlord, and they said they are ok setting it up for me, am not sure if this means the setup will be in their name and I will pay them the bill or they will just arrange a transfer to my name from previous tenant.

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Re: Setting up Electricity

As a non commercial consumer you are bound to the local electricity provider. In your case EWZ.

The contract will always be between the one which lives in the apartment and the electricity provider. You will get quarterly bills which are a pre-payment toward the annual end bill. If you consumed more electricity than you have pre-paid you will have to pay for the reminder (no penalty), if used less you will get reimbursed (or will be carried forward). In addition they will adjust the pre-payment ammounts.

The services you can choose is more or less how much new kinds of renewable energy you want to support.

EWZ has two tariffs: The usual weekday "high tariff" (Monday-Staturday 6am - 10 pm) and a nighttime/sunday "low tariff".

The from the cheapest option to the most expensive:
ewz.econatur, ewz.natur, ewz.pronatur, Solarstrom.

The price difference of the first three is pretty slim. The price of the last is considerable higher as you support 100% solar powered. If you are unsure select ewz.econatur, ewz.natur might cost you CHF 12 to 18 / year more, ewz.pronatur will cost you around CHF 36 to 54 /year more than ewz.econatur (depending on actual consumption)
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Re: Setting up Electricity

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EWZ has two tariffs: The usual weekday "high tariff" (Monday-Staturday 6am - 10 pm) and a nighttime/sunday "low tariff"......
Sorry but this is wrong!!

As I was shocked about this info (LOL - no chance to actually use Niedertarif this way, huh?) I checked their site. The times are like Winterthur:
Monday to Friday 07.00 - 20.00h = Hochtarif (expensive)
Saturday 07.00 - 13.00h = Hochtarif.

I actually did make it a habit to run dishwasher and washing machine after 8pm. That's about all as I'm hungry when I am and need light when it's dark . Interestingly the bill actually did drop slightly. About 10.00/month maybe? Not worth it if it's a hassle, nice when like for me it just became a habit.

edit: forgot to link the proof
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Re: Setting up Electricity

That is for you Landeier using EKZ but not for us City Slickers using EWZ
Proof: https://www.ewz.ch/de/private/strom/...ebersicht.html
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That is for you Landeier using EKZ but not for us City Slickers using EWZ
Proof: https://www.ewz.ch/de/private/strom/...ebersicht.html
Me - Landei, Kanton Zürich - is not using EKZ.
But I checked: Yep, for EWZ your times are correct. What a cheat, they sure milk you any way they can, huh?
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Re: Setting up Electricity

Thanks guys, so I have no dishwasher in the new place lol... but have a washing machine, so it means I should wash after 10 pm or on a Sunday ? Are there general rules not to do washing after 10 pm at apartments buildings?

I saw other thread how to save on electricity, for me its a matter of just changing light bulbs to Led I suppose... as curly said, we got to cook when we eat, or use the light / computer when needed ( which is all the time now we are working from home)
Now i understand why previous Swiss flatmate was so obsessed, and she had a kitchen that was barely used... she just cooks for an hour on Saturday and makes enough for a few days during the week... she was astonished I actually used the oven when I came, and started to make excuses for me not to use it, the over after years of her living there was like brand new and I didn't understand how, until she made a fuss about me using it... as for the microwave even that she kept it as far away from an electric plug as she can lol...
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That is for you Landeier using EKZ but not for us City Slickers using EWZ
Proof: https://www.ewz.ch/de/private/strom/...ebersicht.html
Happy to be a Landei then as I am not supposed to use the washing machine after 10 pm nor on Sundays......
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