Tariffs, changing tariff and swapping your meter when you have a complex meter (e.g. Economy 10, Eco2020, Heatwise)

Looking for information about Economy 7 meter?
Athough you pay two electricity rates with your Economy 7 meter, it isn't classed as a 'complex meter'. Find out more about Economy 7 meters

Complex meters are set up in a unique way.

Here's a quick guide to some of the main types of complex meters around. It tells you a little more about your meter, rates and off-peak hours.

Economy 10

With Economy 10, you get ten hours of electricity at lower rate.

Number of eletricity rates: two

Off-peak hours: times are set by your local network operator and can be found on the last page of your bill. Here's an example of how it might break down:

  • Up to four hours in afternoon
  • Up to two hours in the evening
  • Up to seven hours at night

Number of MPANs: one or two

What is a MPAN is and where you can find it.

Economy 9

With Economy 9, you get nine hours of cheaper electricity grouped throughout the day and night. It's specifically for heating and hot water, so all other electricity use (for washing machines, hairdryers and so on) is charged at the relevant day or night rate.

Number of eletricity rates: two

Off-peak hours:

  • Heating and hot water: nine hours during the day (split across various times of the day)
  • Rest of the home: Power between 6.30am-11.30pm on peak; off peak the remainder of time

Number of MPANs: two

Heatwise

This meter is available in the East Midlands distribution area and is only for heating and hot water. This means you have to have your heating and hot water on a separate circuit to the rest of your home electricity supply.

Number of electricity rates: can have up to five (three for rates for heating and either Economy 7 or Standard (Variable) tariff alongside this

Off-peak hours:

  • Three hours in afternoon
  • Two hours in the evening
  • Five hours at night

Warmwise

With Warmise, you get eight hours of cheaper electricity specifically for heating and hot water at various times of the day. This means you have to have your heating and hot water on a separate circuit from the rest of your home electricity supply. And all other electricity use (for washing machines, hairdryers and so on) is charged at the relevant day or night rate.

Number of eletricity rates: four (three for power and one for heating)

Off-peak hours: Eight hours (at least two hours between 1-5pm)

Eco2020

Number of eletricity rates: two

Off-peak hours:

  • Monday to Friday – 9pm and 7am
  • Saturday and Sunday – all day and night

Other complex meters

Off-peak (type '1', '2' or 'U'): These meters are found in the South East, South West and London distribution areas only. Off-peak meters offer cheaper electricity chunked together during the day or night.

Cyclocontrol: This system is found in blocks of flats or masionettes in London only. Your local network distributor controls your heating and hot water times, and spreads demand for electricity across an area evenly during the day.

If you have a complex meter and want to change your meter type, it's best to get in touch with us to see what we can do.

 

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