During the month of October, this saved the consumption of “2.4 million French people”, the equivalent. of Parisian consumption.
A promising test. According to Thierry Sudret, operations and systems manager at Enedis, the remote shut-off of domestic hot water tanks between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. in October saved the equivalent of the consumption of “2.4 million French people”.
Yet the measure had not, no pun intended, was warmly welcomed. Because many households feared running out of hot water in this two-hour period. However, the manager recalls, “People will still have hot water but the tank does not heat up during this period. On the other hand, it warms up during the night”.
Enedis: “a great success”
At the microphone of France BlueThierry Sudret greets “a great success”. Because, he further explains, “this device, which is almost painless for people, is very effective, since 2.4 gigawatts are saved, which is considerable (…)”.
This measure concerns 4.3 million people with a full-hour off-peak contract from noon to 2 p.m. And this gap must last 6 months as the Enedis site reminds us: “the usual engagement in off-peak hours from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. of the hot water tank, will switch during the night between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. from October 15 for a period of 6 months”.
The march of the ball can be forced
On the other hand, in the event that the balloon is empty during the day or in the event of an emergency, there remains the possibility for consumers “force the operation of the hot water tank”, and this directly on the electric meter.
Thierry Sudret adds that “it will work during the midday off-peak hours, at the midday off-peak rate”.
A request from RTE
This energy saving tool was initiated at the request of RTE (which is responsible for managing the high voltage lines) and the public authorities.
Enedis adds that“It now contributes to the essential maintenance of the electricity supply-demand balance ensured by RTE in order to avoid having to resort to temporary cuts in the context of unprecedented uncertainties linked to the current energy crisis”.