It was time for the clocks to spring forward last night so here is a timely reminder to check that your car will charge at the time you think it will!
Check your car's clock and charge timer and the climate timer if you use one.
From the MUA EV tariff webpage: "you [the bill payer] are responsible to ensure that your electricity supply switches at the appropriate time by carrying out regular checks of the switching times of the meter. "
So it's a good time to check that your Electricity meter has the correct time and has not 'drifted'. MUA domestic meters operate on GMT so the off-peak rate for the EV tariff is always midnight to 7 a.m. GMT. Now that we are in British Summer Time (BST) all appliances that use the off-peak electricity should have their clocks checked.
My new MUA electricity meter, the Elster AS230 Single Phase Meter, has a clock capable of changing itself to BST but by the look of this image it is not activated.
The meter provides 2 Daylight Savings dates whereby the clock can be advanced by one or two hours at the start of the summer and can be retarded by one or two hours at the end of the summer.
That is a quote from the Elster AS230's manual which states that It is also capable of operating as a Smart Meter but that capability is not activated either. One day perhaps!
Manx Utilities has published the new Electricity tariffs that will take affect from the 1st of April 2016.
The unit price will drop from 16.25 pence per unit to 16 pence per unit for the standard domestic tariff, commercial customers drop from 16.75 pence per unit to 16.00 pence per unit.
Those domestic customers on the Comfy Heat or Electric Vehicle Tariffs will see a reduction of the off peak unit price drop to 7p from 8.75p. Those generating their own electricity will maintain the 8.75 pence per unit buy back price. If your're not already on the Electric Vehicle Tariff then I recommend you contact Manx Utilities. Unfortunately owners of plug-in hybrid vehicles currently can't take advantage of this tariff. EVIOM would like to see this changed.
This all seems like good news, although the daily standing charge will increase from 15 pence per day to 19.5 pence per day for both domestic and commercial customers.
The revised charges are likely to represent approximate monthly increases of £0.85 to the average residential consumer’s electricity bill.
At first glance it seems that EV owners charging overnight on the EV Tariff will see a benefit from these changes.