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Iberdrola’s zero tolerance policy for non payment of bills now deemed illegal by Spain’s central government

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Iberdrola’s zero tolerance policy for non payment of bills now deemed illegal by Spain’s central government

A NEW law that effects Iberdola’s non payment policy has been brought in following pressure by left-wing opposition members and social organisations sparked by the death of an elderly lady last year, reports thinkSPAIN. The elderly lady’s house caught fire after a candle she used for light, – her electricity having been cut off because she could not pay her bills – tipped over and, as she was partially disabled, could not get out of her apartment. Electricity companies will be required to give three warnings and then wait at least...

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ECOMBI – Discover the Smartest Heating System and save on running costs

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ECOMBI – Discover the Smartest Heating System and save on running costs

ECOMBI IS the new efficient heating system that controls both electricity consumption and optimises heat management. It is the most economical electric heating system available in the market place.   The arrival of eCombi is a real revolution in traditional heating systems.  It optimises control of running costs, while providing maximum comfort. An eCombi heating system adapts to your daily needs whatever the weather.   Night storage central heating is the most cost effective way to keep your property warm all day every day. When...

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Iberdrola’s Night Plan offers big savings on your electricity bill

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Iberdrola’s Night Plan offers big savings on your electricity bill

THE IBERDROLA Night Plan (aka Day and Night Energy) is a similar electricity tariff to Economy 7, commonly used in the UK. It provides cheap electricity during the off-peak time of day. However, the savings are much better here on the Costa Blanca.   The Night Plan offers over 50% off the standard rate for a unit of electricity for 14 hours every day. Love or hate Iberdola, that’s a generous offer!   The currently offer is for 6 cents per unit (kilo-watt hour) for the cheap “Night” rate and 14 cents for the peak...

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Sun Tax to be removed in 100 days from Spain forming new government

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Sun Tax to be removed in 100 days from Spain forming new government

IT ALL went quiet on the “sun tax” front. Sparks had been closely following the highly controversial story and blogging on the situation since October 2013. My “breaking news” article “Spain Plans To Tax The Sun” even sent one local solar panel installer into panic mode resulting in lost advertising for an established local newspaper who reprinted my articles. Now, just recently, Tumbit.com reports that the Royal Decree approving the new solar energy tax could soon be abolished. However, if the Royal Decree...

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Updates to Iberdrola concerns

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Updates to Iberdrola concerns

HERE ARE some editorial updates for our bright sparks on the SparksInSpain website that provide useful information to home owners on the Costa Blanca. Firstly, with Iberdrola currently proceeding at speed installing new Smart Meters across the region, some home owners with properties built prior to 2002 are experiencing power cuts. Click here to read why. Secondly, the manual ICP (power control switch) in your consumer unit is now obsolete. It has been replaced with a new automatic ICP housed in the Smart Meter in your meter cupboard. Click...

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A Day in the Life of Sparks #3 – Replacing a consumer unit

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A Day in the Life of Sparks #3 – Replacing a consumer unit

TODAY I am replacing an old consumer unit with faulty MCB’s and a broken cover. Here is how it is done step-by-step in a Spanish installation. I am using Chint switchgear. Step 1: Make a note of what you started with, i.e. label and identify the sub-circuits, where do the cables enter the box, etc. Step 2: Mark and cut the hole for the new back box covering the existing hole. New consumer units usually come with a template. Note: you may need to keep the power switched on if using a power tool, if so, proceed with caution. Step 3:...

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