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Speaking of electricity tariffs, it is important to know that from 1 July 2014 (resolution 215/2014 / eel) the new electricity tariff D1 reserved for domestic users (private homes) who only use electric heat pumps (compression type) for heating and domestic hot water production. If you fall into this group you can think about it and maybe save something.
Of course, joining the electricity tariff D1 it is voluntary (the owners of heat pumps are not obliged to join it) and it is also experimental: the Energy Authority has introduced it but is waiting to verify its proper functioning before confirming it definitively. Another thing to specify: Tariff D1 applies to both free market contracts and to those in greater protection and can only be requested for the residence.
The feature of the new tariff D1 is to be based on a constant price per kilowatt hour with respect to electricity consumption. This meets the expectations of the owners of electricity-powered heat pumps, who on the one hand chose this technology for its reduced costs, but on the other were penalized by a pricing based on consumption peaks.
As we said in our previous article Heat pumps: the new D1 tariff is underway, to circumvent the problem of consumption peaks, many users have resorted to the unorthodox expedient of installing a second meter dedicated exclusively to the heat pump. But obviously this is a 'frustrating' solution for those who want simplicity and transparency in managing household expenses.
Exactly as for the two-rate tariff, the sense of the new Electricity tariff D1 is to align consumer prices with the actual cost of producing electricity, also in light of the contribution of renewable energy that has changed the rules of the 'game' and that the Energy Authority intends to encourage.
Something had to be done from a tariff point of view, now we are waiting for the results of the experimentation. Today in Italy heat pumps represent about 2% of the total number of thermal production plants installed in buildings. About 400 thousand are of the compression type with electric power supply, about 150 thousand are of the absorption type powered by natural gas. To learn more about the operation of heat pumps, refer to our article Advantages and disadvantages of the heat pump.
The forms to request the D1 Electricity Tariff are published on the website of the Energy Authority.