# Three-tariff meters: characteristics and main advantages

Three-tariff meters came into our life relatively recently, gradually substituting the usual options with one and two tariffs. The key advantage is the ability to choose which tariff will be most beneficial to the user.

However, at the current moment the technique is not presented everywhere, as some regions have not completed the connection program, but are still working on the introduction of meters with two tariffs. However, experts confidently say that in the near future three-rate meters will be available throughout the country.

## Benefits and benefits

It's no secret that the receipt of a three-tariff meter is cheaper than when paying for electricity at one or two tariffs. But few people think that for a resource supplier and producers of equipment, the choice in favor of just three tariffs also gives a certain benefit. Specialists say that such meters have become the optimal solution, the most appropriate to the expectations of all parties. In more advanced countries, such a calculation of electricity consumption has been used for more than one year.

## And what is the benefit?

Words in words, but what is the real benefit? In order to understand it, we'll have to figure out how to count a three-rate counter. It contains time intervals:

• From ten in the morning to five in the afternoon;
• From five o'clock to nine;
• From nine in the evening to eleven in the evening;
• From eleven pm to seven in the morning;
• From seven to ten o'clock in the morning.

The cheapest electric energy comes in the interval from eleven pm to seven in the morning. This tariff is called "night".

The daily rate is more expensive than the others and is effective from 10 am to 5 pm, and then again is active from nine to eleven in the evening. In the remaining time intervals, the calculation of electricity consumption occurs at the third, average tariff. Three-tariff e-mail. The counter allows you to save four times more at night, compared to daytime. But the device that counts electricity at the same rate round the clock, assumes that payment will be made on a daily basis, that is, a high tariff. It does not take into account at what time of the day the resource was consumed.

## And what about the manufacturers?

Undoubtedly, the consumer is interested in what is the benefit for the supplier to sell the device, which helps to save and, it seems, reduces the profits of companies supplying electricity. Payment for a three-tariff meter in Moscow, where the possibility of installing this equipment was introduced earlier than in other regions, showed that the device helps to combat the concept of "peak hour". This is the period when people wake up, as well as the time when the working population returns home. As a rule, everyone wants to turn on the light, warm the kettle, dry the head with a hair dryer and so on. Consequently, a huge number of devices are working in apartment houses, creating an extremely strong load on the electrical network.

The manufacturer is forced to start all of its electric power plants in the mode of maximum power generation to meet the needs of the population. When the peak falls, the functioning of power plants can be weakened. And this cycle is repeated every day.

## And then everything breaks!

Even without special knowledge it is clear that such regular fluctuations can not avoid breakdowns. The best option is when the equipment copes with the load of the average level, unchanged during the entire period of operation. The privilege for electricity with a three-rate meter provokes people to use electrical energy consuming equipment not only during peak hours, but also during other periods. For example, a washing machine, a dishwasher and so on can be launched at night. Stimulus - a significant saving on energy, the benefit of modern technology does not require regular supervision, so you can just get in the morning clean things or dishes.

And for the energy producer, periods of high electricity demand become easier to process, as the resource request from the population is reduced. Consequently, the equipment will not so quickly wear out, break down, do not have to spend a lot of money on regular repairs and elimination of accidents.

## Benefits for the world around us

This is amazing, but three-rate counters are useful not only for people, but for the surrounding world. And the reason is simple: the environmental damage caused by increased loads on electric power stations is significantly reduced. To ensure the correct operation of the station, it is necessary to have a sufficiently large amount of the initial resource in order to generate the required level of electricity. The larger the mass, the greater the emissions, and in the development of a uniform level of functioning, the process can be set up so that the amount of emissions is minimal and leveled by the purification systems.

Thus, anyone who chooses three-rate counters, thereby not only tries to help himself and improve the financial situation at home, but also struggles for the cleanliness of the surrounding world. Let this small contribution, but feasible to everyone, moreover, coupled with personal benefit, the more so that the use of instruments at night is possible without any discomfort for themselves. It's enough just to get used to putting the equipment on charge before going to bed, and not in the afternoon, and this will already achieve a noticeable result.

## Interesting features

It is virtually impossible to distinguish a counter with three tariffs from a one-tariff one visually, since the specifics are that internal mechanisms switch the system at a given time. How to pay a three-rate counter? At approach of the moment of calculation for a resource to the consumer three receipts will come. Each of them must be filled with the numbers indicated on the corresponding scoreboard. There are no difficulties, a nonspecialist and an elderly person, far from engineering, will cope with this. The main thing is not to mix up the indicators - the benefit is all signed. The cost of a counter with three tariffs is higher than a more simple model. But the difference pays for itself in six months, and even earlier.

## Mounting Features

Assuming the transition to a new electric meter, remember that the installation of the device can only deal with professionals who have passed the certification. You can not put the meter yourself, and then pay for it expended electricity.

As a rule, the logic of the work is as follows:

• The consumer selects a suitable reliable company;
• Prepares an application for the installation of equipment;
• Waiting for specialists;
• Pays the service.

The price consists of the cost:

• Device;
• Work on replacement;
• Documents;
• Programming;
• Verification of the correctness of the tariff;
• Seals.

## Who benefits the most

The most effective savings when using three tariffs reach "owls", often late hours spending time at the computer or behind a book, as well as forced to work in the night shift of the house. Another category of citizens are people whose houses are equipped with a "warm floor" system. In addition, users receive benefits, whose homes are literally stuffed with a variety of techniques. Than the equipment is more, the benefit from the three tariffs is higher.

Finally, all the townsfolk receive a certain benefit from the application of the system with three tariffs. Remember that some devices should function around the clock. Statistics show that in a typical apartment of modern man a very large percentage of all consumed electricity is consumed by a refrigerator that needs a resource around the clock. With two tariffs, only this device can save four times, and at three tariffs, the savings will increase to 8 times, because after a full tariff of 24 hours only 9 will have to be paid.

How to calculate the benefit with a three-rate counter? Pay attention to the time at which you most often turn on the house lights and various appliances, and also assess whether there are many equipment connected to the network around the clock. Take into account not only the usual household appliances (kitchen used in the bathroom), but also the heating system, lighting, including external, if you live in a private house.

## And how do you know how much energy was spent?

How to take readings from a three-rate counter? Everything is extremely simple. Step-by-step instruction:

• Find the counter in the house.
• Press the Enter key.
• Write down the readings on the screen. Each digit will be marked with T1, T2 or T3, which allows to determine for which tariff the data is valid.

Further, these figures are entered in receipts, each in its own, and already on this sheet with an indication of the current tariff, you can calculate how much you have to pay. By the way, it's not necessary to even go to the post office or to the bank to withstand a long queue. In most regions, local operators set up payment for electricity through the Internet from a bank card. This process is fast, without commissions and wasting time.

There are two groups of electric counters:

• Induction;
• Electronic.

The former are more widespread, as they were invented before and were massively installed in previous years. The price for them is somewhat lower, but even today these meters are considered obsolete. But electronic - this is the last word of technology. Devices conduct accurate accounting of electrical energy without error. They are designed to cope with large amounts of resources to account. The most powerful and intelligent allow remote acquisition of data on energy consumption.

When choosing a particular device, pay attention to:

• Accuracy class (the best option is 2.0);
• Tariff.

It is necessary to remember that for the account of energy it is allowed to use only devices, the types of which have been approved by local authorities, officials responsible for metrology. To determine the accuracy class, the technique passes the test with measuring instruments.

## Summing up

Counters that take into account the consumption of electricity at three tariffs, have proven themselves to be beneficial and useful. When choosing, consider the accuracy of the device and make sure that it supports all three tariffs, and also check with your local sales company if it is possible to install a three-tariff device in your area.

Do not work with non-certified specialists, even trying to save money. An unprofessional counter installed in the future will not be able to be sealed and it will be necessary to pay for everything on a new one. And you will not be able to pay for a kilowatt-hour for a non-sealed meter.