IF YOU, like most people, dread the thud of the electric bill on the doormat after a long, cold winter, have no fear because the Euro Weekly News is here to save you money, and even the chance to win a €100.
Spain’s utility bills increased by 26 per cent between 2010 and 2017, according to a study by the EAE Business School in Barcelona, making Spain the most expensive country in Europe for electricity.
The average price of electric here is €0.21 per Kilowatt Hour, meaning costs quickly mount up as temperatures drop.
One way to avoid high electricity bills, however, is to use energy-saving tactics. According to one price comparison websiteKelisto.es, it is possible to save up to €200 a year by replacing traditional light bulbs with LED ones, switching older appliances for ones with a maximum energy efficiency rating, and not leaving appliances on standby.
Money can also be saved by sealing doors and windows as up to 30 per cent of heat is lost this way.
Using timers for heaters, so you only use energy when you need it most, or installing a smart meter to monitor how much electric you use, can also help keep costs down.
Finally, it often pays to shop around, so why not check out a price comparison website to see whether you are getting the best utility deal for your money. Sites such as Iberswitch.comand kelisto.es, or comparadorofertasenergia.cnmc.esallow you to compare tariffs and help you switch companies if you could get a better deal elsewhere.
Which electricity provider would you recommend to other readers for value?
The Euro Weekly News is keen to hear your favourite companies for electric, and is offering a €100 voucher to spend on winter electricity for one lucky entrant to its poll. To enter, visit our Facebook site (search @EuroWeeklyNews on Facebook search bar) and leave a comment naming your favourite supplier.