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Electricity costs - power rating


Posted: Tue Mar 5, 2019 10:29pm
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We have recently purchased a house in Frigiliana, our first in Spain. On the whole, things have gone pretty well, and we have learned quite a lot along the way. However, we recently received our first 2 electricity bills from Endesa… which came as quite a shock considering we have only spent 15 days in the house in the 4 months that we have owned it.

The first bill covered the period between 05/12/2018 and 30/01/2019 (56 days) and came to 356.18 Euros. The second bill covered the period between 30/01/2019 and 14/02/2019 (15 days) and came to 84.35 Euros.

The issue doesn’t appear to be related to actual consumption, but more to do with the fact that the house has a 3 phase supply and a high power rating (21,600 kW per phase) above and beyond what I believe a 64 sqm house can justify. Using our second bill as an example, this is how the standing charges for 15 days broke down:

Phase 1 - 18,36 kW x per day x 0,116887 = 32.19 Euros

Phase 2 - 18,36 kW x per day x 0,070132 = 19.31 Euros

Phase 3 - 18,36 kW x per day x 0,046755 = 12.88 Euros

Unless my naivety is getting the better of me, I can’t imagine these rates would be feasible for most home owners.

Our first plan of action will be to employ an electrician in order to reduce the house to a single phase supply and lower the power rating. Aside of this, if anyone has had a similar experience or have any helpful words of advice, it would be gratefully appreciated.

Much thanks!


Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:57am

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Location: Frigiliana

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Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:57am

We have a rented 3 bed villa with pool in the campo and have experience similar. Our bills seem to be around €80-100 a month and over the winter period we only spent 3 weeks there from October to March. The only thing running is the pool pump that comes on twice a day for an hour. We will be there from the end of March to October so it will be interesting to see what happens when we are there full time. I just think electricity is expensive in the area


Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:29pm

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Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:29pm

Have you looked at Endesa''s Happy Hour tariff? It gives you 2 hours per day free electricity (hours of your choosing but must be consecutive). We also have a 3 bed finca in the campo. When we aren't there we run 2 fridges, a freezer and pool pump on for 2 hours daily and bill is between 40-50€. 


Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:04pm

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Location: Frigiliana

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Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:04pm

That sounds good I will look into that, thank you

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