The day/night rate is changing its schedule
- Can I refuse?
- Should I notify my energy supplier?
- Will I have to change how I have things set up?
- How will my consumption be affected?
- How can I get maximum benefit?
- How can I program my appliances?
- How much will it cost?
- Why were there different schedules? Why change now?
- Is it dangerous?
- What do I have to do to get this new time schedule?
Can I refuse?
No, the change has been made for all customers concerned and its aim is simplification.
Should I notify my energy supplier?
No. They have already been alerted by Sibelga.
Will I have to change how I have things set up?
It all depends on the complexity of your appliances and peripherals (programmable timers, etc.).You may need to change their programming. On the other hand, no changes need to be made to the wiring of your installation.
How will my consumption be affected?
Even if your consumption habits adapt to the new schedule, no effect is expected on your overall consumption. However, consumption on public holidays will be counted at night rate all day, which could bring you a small financial saving.
How can I get maximum benefit?
Making sure your appliances (washing machine, dishwasher, etc.) switch on between 10pm and 7am rather than between 11pm and 8am. If you can, change your consumption habits. You can switch on appliances an hour earlier but beware, between 7 and 8am, they will use electricity at the rate day.
How can I program my appliances?
The programming of your private appliances depends on the type, brand, etc. We advise you to consult your user manual or to call an electrician for more complex appliances.
How much will it cost?
Nothing, the change of schedule doesn't entail any price increase nor the intervention of a Sibelga technician.
Why were there different schedules? Why change now?
Historically, Brussels had two different schedules. Technically, it was impossible to harmonise the schedules without an impact on other Belgian distributors and therefore on other regions. Technical improvements were made which created opportunities to allow us to adapt these schedules.
Is it dangerous?
No. Only the schedules (timers) on your own equipment need to be adapted (starting up the washing machine, dishwasher, chargers, water heater, etc.)
What do I have to do to get this new time schedule?
Nothing, it'll change automatically on 01/04. Signals for the rate change will be sent one hour beforehand in the municipalities concerned, and won't be sent on weekends and legal holidays.