October 27, 2021

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Find out how to get a discount on your electricity bill with the optional discount

Find out how to get a discount on your electricity bill with the optional discount

Anyone who reduces their electricity consumption between September and December of this year compared to the same period in 2020 will receive a discount. The program launched by the federal government promises to reduce the electricity bill, which has become more expensive due to drought in the reservoirs of major hydroelectric stations.

It’s valid for The science of water scarcity, which imposes an additional fee of R$ 14.20 per 100 kWh to offset the costs of more expensive thermal power plants and energy imports.

As the level of hydroelectric reservoirs continues to decline, the government has launched measures to stimulate energy savings and prevent mandatory rationing or blackouts.

Smaller consumers, whether family or business, who manage to save between 10% and 20% on average will get a discount that will come on the bill after the December measurement. Find the key questions and answers about the Voluntary Reduction Incentive Program below.

Is the program already running?

Yes, the discount will be given to those who can save energy from September to December 2021.

Should I reduce consumption?

No, the program is voluntary. The discount will only come to those who achieve the savings goals.

Do I need to register to get the discount?

No, the discount will be automatically awarded to whoever achieves the program goals.

Who can get the discount?

The program is valid for urban and rural families, industries, commerce and businesses in general who receive electricity through the SIN (Interconnected National System). Families who benefit from the Social Electricity Tariff (TSEE) can also get the discount.

In other words: it applies to everyone who pays electricity bills to the local power company, except for the residents of Roraima, because the state is not tied to the system. Also, some public service units are not able to participate in the programme.

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Companies that consume a lot of electricity and buy energy on the free market can join another voluntary reduction program, specific to this category.

What do I need to do to get the discount?

To be eligible for the discount, you must reduce your average consumption by at least 10% compared to September to December 2020.

For example: A household consuming an average of 100 kWh per month from September to December 2020 should consume a maximum of 90 kWh in the average of the last four months of 2021. Calculation as follows: 10% of 100 = 10. Therefore, 100 kWh – 10 kWh = 90 kWh.

The discount goes up to the 20% savings limit (see details below).

Do I need to reduce at least 10% of consumption each month?

No. What matters is the average of the four months.

If you can’t save at least 10% in September, for example, but make up for it in subsequent months, you’re entitled to the discount.

How do I know if I saved enough to earn the discount?

According to Aneel (National Electric Energy Agency), electricity distributors must inform customers of the reduction target, based on consumption from September to December 2020.

The companies will also have to inform the partial accounts of the reduction month after month in a “clear and objective manner”. But it is not possible to know exactly, in real time, what your economy is. See the next item for practical tips to save on your bill.

How do I save?

some Expert tips to reduce consumption Electricity is:

  • Open the refrigerator door for as little time as possible. Leave foods spaced to find them quickly. If you are going to be away for a long time, empty the refrigerator and unplug it.
  • Do not store hot food in the refrigerator and avoid installing the appliance near a stove or exposure to sunlight.
  • If you use an electric shower, shower quickly. If it is not cold, always use the “Summer” option, which consumes less energy.
  • Gather clothes for washing machine at once and for ironing. Start ironing delicate clothes that need less heat.
  • Do not overload the air conditioning.
  • Enjoy the sunshine to brighten the environment. Avoid turning on light bulbs during the day.
  • Turn off unnecessary devices. Do not sleep with the TV on.
  • Choose appliances with an energy-saving label, as they cost less.
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How much will the discount on the electricity bill be?

The discount for those who achieve the goal will be 0.50 BRL per kilowatt-hour saved. For this, it is necessary to reduce at least 10% of the average consumption in the four months, and the discount is applied up to the limit of 20% of the average reduction.

Look at the example of a family that recorded an average consumption of 200 kWh between September and December 2020:

  • If you consume an average of 180 kWh (10% reduction), you will save 80 kWh in four months, and you will get a R$40 discount.
  • If you consume an average of 160 kWh (20% reduction), you will save 160 kWh in four months and get R$80 off.
  • If you consume an average of 140 kWh (30% discount), you will save 240 kWh in four months, but the discount is still R$80, which is limited to a 20% saving.

When will I get the discount on the electricity bill?

The discount will come at once on the first electricity bill received after calculating consumption for the month of December 2021.

That is, you will only get the savings bonus in January or February 2022, depending on how the distributor measures and issues the invoice.

If I save less than 10% on average, is there a discount?

No. If you save less than 10% between September and December 2021, you will not be eligible for the program discount.

If I save more than 20% on average, is there a bigger discount?

No, savings over 20% on average do not bring an additional discount.

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Do I need to save in peak hours?

No, the time you consume the energy makes no difference, unless you choose to White tariff (the model used in about 60 thousand units in the country).

If, like most consumers, you pay your electric bill at the traditional rate, you can save at any time to qualify for the discount.

But the government is asking people to try to save between 6 pm and 9 pm. This is the time of the day that has the highest consumption, which overburdens the system and is most prone to blackouts.

I do not have a history of consumption in the last year, can I get the discount?

According to Aneel, consumers who do not have a history of consumption in the last four months of 2020 will not be able to get the discount from the voluntary discount program.

NS UOL The agency and the Department of Mines and Energy questioned whether a consumer who moved could use the old address’s consumption record. There was no response until this report was published.