Get to know Economy 7
Economy 7 refers to a type of both tariffs and meters. An Economy 7 electricity tariff is one that gives you lower rates at night and more expensive ones during the day. Economy 7 tariffs are used alongside Economy 7 meters, which help to determine the price per kWh according to the time of day. Here you’ll find everything you need to know regarding Economy 7 tariffs.
How does the Economy 7 tariff work?
You’ll need to have the Economy 7 meter specially installed, which is specifically designed to track the electricity you consume during the day and night separately. The different rate per kWh means customers will be rewarded for their preservation of energy and is a good way for energy-conserving consumers to save money on their annual bill.
The cheaper rate usually runs between midnight and 7am, with the more expensive rate covering the rest of the day. However, precise timings and cost can vary depending on your supplier. For those who are out for longer periods during the day and therefore use less energy during the higher rate per kWh period, the Economy 7 tariff would be an appropriate choice.
How does Economy 7 compare to a standard energy tariff?
If you’ve decided to switch to a standard energy tariff there is a chance you’re already price-conscious and looking to save money. For someone who is willing to make sacrifices and change their habits, you could end up saving money using an Energy 7 tariff. However, if you’re not willing to adapt to get the most out of your Economy 7 meter, such as waking up at the crack of dawn to wash your clothes before the higher rate kicks in past 7 am, then it probably isn’t for you.
Will Economy 7 help me save money?
As mentioned above, Economy 7 is not for everyone. Whether or not you save money will depend on the following factors:
To save money using an Economy 7 tariff you would have to use more than 40% of your electricity during the night to make switching worthwhile. Be aware that some Economy 7 tariffs charge almost double the night rate during the day, making any benefits of having cheaper energy at night completely void.
Heating and water usage
For energy customers who have electric storage heaters, the Economy 7 tariff is an ideal option as they can be heated overnight and used to give off heat the following day.
Once again, the time of day you use your appliances is going to determine whether or not the Economy 7 tariff is for you. If you have appliances that allow you to set them to come on at a specific time during the seven-hour period at night, you’ll be able to make the most of the cheaper rate per kWh.
Electric vehicle usage
If you have made the sustainable choice and have bought yourself an electric car, then the Economy 7 tariff is the perfect choice for you. You’ll be able to charge your car overnight - which you’d presumably do anyway - and benefit from cheaper electricity. There are actually some Economy 7 tariffs tailored to people who own electric vehicles, so if you’re an EV owner, be sure to keep an eye out if you’re serious about switching.
How do I switch to an Economy 7 tariff?
If you’ve already heard enough and you’re convinced switching to an Economy 7 tariff is for you, then follow these simple steps on how to switch with Energy Helpline:
- Get started by entering your postcode.
- Where it says ‘Do you have an Economy 7 Meter?’, tick ‘Yes’, fill in the rest of the fields and continue.
- A range of the cheapest Economy 7 tariffs will be shown for you to compare. Select the one that suits you best. Bear in mind, installation fees for the Economy 7 tariff may apply.
Economy 7: The verdict
There’s no saying whether or not the Economy 7 tariff is good or bad - it comes down to a lifestyle choice. So if you feel like we’ve given you enough information to make an informed decision about whether or not switching to an Economy 7 tariff is the right move for you, go ahead and do so today. Check out our energy comparison service to help you find the best offers on the market right now.