What should you consider before contracting green energy?

Free or regulated market

After the liberalization of the Spanish electricity sector in 2009, the market was divided into free and regulated. Fares can only be offered green light free This type of energy is marketed by more or less small companies and cooperatives, but also by companies or branches of activity of large electricity groups present on the regulated market. They can set prices, promotions or discounts and other additional services, according to the energy price comparison Selectra.

For the OCU, the fundamental question of opting for one or the other is the proposed price. some offer packages and others, indexed (hourly rates).

Before even comparing the offers, Selectra, which carries out an advisory work, recommends and carries out a personalized study of each customer, on the type of tariff which he needs or the hired power optimal in your case, so that you do not pay more. “You have to know in advance what use it will be made of and, from there, the type of installation that is needed will be decided,” explains Mata. Once known, “it is necessary to adjust the power to the actual consumption, to obtain the price that best suits the needs of each household and not waste energy or pay more”, he advises.

“You have to find out about additional discounts, assess whether there is a commitment to stay or not, and see if you want to have a maintenance service,” explains Laura Cardenal, communications manager for Selectra. Providers may also offer other added values which help to make consumption more efficient”, delves into the OCU, recalling that some return to the consumer information “useful for encourage savings or always have the best contracted rate”: the most interesting access rate in your case, how your consumption is changing, what is the energy cost of your home compared to others with similar characteristics, efficiency advice .

There is even the possibility of contracting a compensation service for carbon footprintas Cardenal reports: Calculate it CO2 issued per month and translates it into an amount the consumer pays to fund renewable energy projects.

Competitive prices

“Some time ago it was thought that offers whose energy came from renewable sources were more expensive, but this is not the case”, dismantles Cardenal. From Tracker they match. “The new electrics that have come to revolutionize the energy market they have an average monthly price of 51 euros, very competitive; that contracting this type of energy increases the electricity bill, you could say that at present, it is a myth”, explains Mata.

The ace five cheapest electricity tariffs May 2021 came from green energy marketers, according to analysis by Rastreator. Both in the case of a power of 3.45 kW and an annual consumption of 3000 kWh (a small house), and in the case of a power of 5.75 kW and an annual consumption of 5,000 kWh (which would correspond to a large house, with five or six inhabitants). In the first case, the monthly amount varied between 50.73 euros for the cheapest and 52.73 euros for the most expensive. In the second, between 81.77 euros for the cheapest and 87.23 euros for the most expensive. Some billed the kWh at the market price, others offered a revisable price and one, a guaranteed price for 12 months. None had tenure.

“By contracting renewable energy tariffs, in addition to obtaining a competitive price, we contribute to an energy market and a more sustainable worldconcludes Cardinal.

But you must be careful. The OCU warns that in general, “green” or not “green”, in the free market “there are very uncompetitive, very expensive tariffs, which are contracted by taking advantage of consumer ignorance”. Mata believes that “there is a great lack of knowledge when it comes to energy”. Six out of 10 respondents in Rastreator’s ‘Spanish Consumer Habits’ study said they did not understand the electricity bill, and 85% said the current type of bill contains too much fine print. “There is still a long way to go,” he defends himself.

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