The electricity timeslots were introduced by the Energy Authority to allow the consumer to pay for electricity at differentiated prices according to the time of consumption. In this way the electricity costs more if it is used during the day (F1 band) and less in the evening and at night (F2-F3).
There multi-hour tariff according to the electricity time slots it is possible only if the meter is remotely managed (today almost all meters are) and if you have a multi-hour contract with your supplier. In the presence of a traditional meter, the consumption value is instead unique and independent of the hours in which the consumption is made and the supplier applies a single-hour tariff.
Electricity time slots: domestic users
The electricity time slots for domestic customers established by the Authority for Electricity and Gas are defined in this way according to a two-hour criterion.
- F1 band (at higher cost): includes the period of the day that goes from 8 in the morning to 19 in the evening for every day from Monday to Friday;
- Band F2-F3 (at a lower cost): includes the period of the day from 7 pm to 8 am the next day and the whole day on Saturday and Sunday. All public holidays also fall into this range.
With the time bands, electricity can be saved by concentrating most of the consumption in the hours at lower cost (F2-F3).
Electricity time slots: business users
For business customers, the breakdown of electricity time slots is different and becomes three-hourly in this way:
- F1 band: from 8 to 19 on weekdays from Monday to Friday;
- Band F2: from 7pm to 11pm on weekdays from Monday to Friday and Saturday from 7am to 11pm;
- Band F3: from 11pm to 7am, on Sundays and public holidays.