From 1 April, in all Brussels municipalities, the day/night electricity meter will measure consumption billed at the day-time rate from 7am to 10pm and the consumption billed at the night-time rate from 10pm to 7am. The exclusive night meter is also changing to 10pm to 7am.
For historic-technical reasons, the day/night meter did not switch from the day rate to the night rate on the same date in every Brussels municipality. The municipalities in the north of Brussels (Brussels, Jette, Evere, Ganshoren, Schaerbeek, Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Saint-Gilles and Ixelles) used to operate according to the 8am-11pm / 11pm-8am timetable.
WHAT CHANGES ON 1/4/2018?
- Only one timetable will apply for day and night rates for the whole of the Brussels Region: 7am-10pm / 10pm-7am.
- The night rate will now also apply during the day on public holidays, as is already the case on weekends.
- The exclusive night rate will apply from 10pm to 7am on weekdays, and throughout the weekends and public holidays.
These changes do not require any changes to be made to the meters nor will they involve a visit from a Sibelga technician. The changes will be implemented remotely through the delivery of impulses.
The only things that need adapting are your domestic practices and habits and the programming of machines and devices in your home. This switch means that you will now be able to start your dishwasher, washing machine, etc. an hour earlier, from 10pm, to benefit from the reduced night rate. You may also need to (re)program your water heater(s) to operate at the night rate.
To find out more about the switch of the day/night timetable, please read the FAQs on this topic.
To find out more about the switch of the exclusive night rate timetable, please read the FAQs on this topic.