Weekend out of town and holidays away from the city? Having a second home allows you to freely enjoy your moments of leisure and proves extremely convenient for last minute holidays. No fear of being stranded without a hotel room or losing deposits over unexpected events.

While second homes offer numerous advantages, they also carry an extra commitment. For this reason, owners should be smart about them and reduce utility and maintenance costs as much as possible. An example concerns the electricity bill: for a given consumption, electricity supply costs for a second home can be higher than those for a first home.

Why is the electricity bill for the second home more expensive

A new tariff came into force in January 2017 (Resolution 582/2015 /R/eel of ARERA) which regulates network services, namely, those relating to the transport and distribution of energy. The reform introduced by ARERA establishes amounts for transport and meter management services, the same for both residents and non-residents.

On the other hand, amounts linked to system charges differ by customer residence. System charges include the amounts paid by end customers to cover costs relating to activities of general interest for the electricity and gas system. For resident domestic customers, system charges are applied based on their actual energy consumption. For non-resident domestic customers, system charges are partly applied on a kilowatt/hour basis and partly on a fixed-sum basis.

So how do you save on your second home electricity bill? Looking for the electricity offer that best suits your consumption habits helps you save on the electricity bill of your second home and enjoy it at ease. Here are some practical tips to help you save on your second-home electricity bill.

Saving on your second-home electricity bill

The first step is to try and lower the management costs of the second home by subscribing to an electricity offer that best suits your consumption habits. To choose the best electricity offer, you must analyse your bill and find the time slot in which your consumption is higher.

If a second home is used more in the evening, at night, and during the weekend, it may be a good idea to subscribe to a two-hour offer whereby the price of the energy component is lower in the F2 and F3 time slots (i.e. from 7 pm to 8 am Monday to Friday and all hours of Saturday, Sunday and national holidays). If you are looking for an electricity offer for your second home, Enel Energia's E-Light on the Free Market can be for you: for the Bioraria plan the price of the energy component is lower on weekends (including holidays) and from 7 pm to 8 am in the weekdays and, moreover, the price is blocked for 24 months from the date of supply activation.

If you have installed a second generation (2G)* meter in your second home, you can subscribe to Ore Free di Enel Energia offer, reserved for those who have a contractual power not exceeding 3kW, and which provides a three-hour (consecutive) time slot per day with an energy component price equal to € 0/kWh, excluding VAT and taxes; in addition, you may choose the most suitable time slot with respect to your consumption habits. Through the Enel Energia app, you can view consumption and change the three-hour time slot up to 15 minutes before the start of the chosen slot every day; find out how it works.

You never know when you may head for your second home and need a super flexible offer that allows changing plans "on the fly"? Scegli Tu is the offer that's right for you. You can switch among three tariff plans: Senza Orari which has the same energy component price irrespective of time; with Notte e Festivi, the price of the energy component is equal to 0 €/kWh, VAT and taxes excluded, every night and on holidays; if you choose Bioraria, however, you will save in the evening, on weekends and on holidays. Furthermore, if the chosen tariff plan is not the best for your consumption habits, you can change it, without any additional expense and up to a maximum of 3 times over the 10months following the activation of the supply and for each contractual year.

Saving on the electricity bill of the second home is possible, just subscribe to the offer that best suits your habits.

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