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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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Dangers of multi socket power surge protectors

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Dangers of multi socket power surge protectors

DO YOU think that your Spanish home has adequate protection against lightning strikes and power surges? A big mistake people make about surge protection is choosing a multi socket surge protector purchased from the local ferreteria thinking it provides adequate protection against power surges. Power strips only provide protection to the items plugged into them. When a power surge strikes it will search and destroy every electrical appliance in the home. Cheap multi socket surge protectors have been prone to catching fire, many have been...

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Iberdrola insist on plastic meter cupboards

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Iberdrola insist on plastic meter cupboards

IF YOUR electric meter is housed in one of these metal boxes … Iberdrola may require you change it to the approved plastic type … When arranging a new electricity contract, e.g. upgrading the power supply, Iberdrola may insist on changing the old style metal CGP (Caja de General Protección) to the newer style plastic box. Metal meter boxes are obsolete and do not comply with the current Spanish electrical regulations and Iberdrola are insisting that they are changed in certain circumstances. What’s in the box ? The cost is...

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