Night rate only for specific appliances
The night rate only meter is intended to supply power to electrical appliances that only run at night, such as storage heaters and water heaters.
The ‘night only’ meter is fitted on a separate circuit that is supplied with power at set times, namely between 10.00 pm and 7.00 am, and 24h/24 during weekends and legal holidays.
The price of this power is determined by your energy supplier. However, the ‘night only’ rate is, in any case, more advantageous than the night rate with the dual hourly rate.
Combining with other types of meters
The ‘night rate only meter’ can be combined with a meter for the single hourly rate or the dual hourly rate. If you opt for the second possibility, you can use the dual hourly rate at night by putting the washing machine on, for instance.
Beware of the disadvantages
Connecting a boiler or a storage heater to the ‘night only’ circuit does have a disadvantage, however: the hot water may run out, and you won’t be able to heat up any more.
If you unexpectedly run out of hot water during a weekday, you have to wait until 10.00 pm before the boiler comes on again.
The regulations are very clear on this point: an appliance that is connected to a ‘night only’ circuit cannot be disconnected. So it is not possible to connect your storage heater temporarily to your power circuit with the single or dual hourly rate!