This is a fact sometimes ignored by households: not all households are equal in terms of electrical power. A large house will logically need more energy to run its appliances, especially if the heating is electric, while a small apartment heated with a common gas heater will only have very limited needs. Thus, your provider assigns a certain authorized power according to the accommodation (and the demand of those who occupy it).
As the home changes, this power can be adjusted, within the limits of the capacity of the original installation. If you notice, for example, nuisance cut-outs when you plug in multiple electrical appliances simultaneously, or if you plan to switch to all-electric heating, you’ll need to know this information.
This measurement is expressed in kilovolt-amperes and is usually indicated as kVA on supplier invoices or contracts. To give you an idea of what this represents, remember that 1 kVA is equal to 1,000 volt-amperes, equal to 1,000 watts. You will find this figure in your different heating appliances, electric oven, refrigerator, etc., and its power will obviously influence consumption.
1. On the Linky Meter
The easiest way to get this information is to look directly at your Linky counter if it is easily accessible. Press the right mouse button repeatedly to scroll through the information until you find the one that mentions “P SUBSCRIBED.” Above is the value currently assigned to your home.
Here is a 6kVa contract, or 6000 volt-amps/watts.
Always about power, we also find just before this mention two interesting facts to know. “APPLICATION POWER” corresponds to the apparent power currently used when we consult the dial, we can also see it fluctuate. Here with only 932 VA, we are far from the maximum set in the contract, six times higher than this figure.
Later we also find “PUIS MAX” or “PUIS MAX SOUTIR” which is the highest value that has been reached during the current day. By consulting these settings when using powerful appliances such as an oven, ceramic hob or large appliance, you can see the consumption directly. In our case, with almost 4,000 VA, we reached 60% of the installation’s capacity at a given time of day.
2. Through the Enedis application by my side
We already talked about this application when we commented on the savings that can be achieved by monitoring consumption with the Linky connected meter. It also contains information about the subscribed power.
Enedis by my side
Enedis By my side is an application that allows Enedis customers to manage their account and obtain information about their energy consumption. The app is available for Android and iOS devices.
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To do this, simply go to the “hamburger” menu at the top left and choose the “Counter” section. There the subscribed power is indicated.
On the other hand, we do not find the information directly as we could directly on the meter. However, this allows you to have an updated monitoring of consumption and its evolution over time.
3. Through your invoices, supplier account or Enedis
The contracted power will probably appear in your bills established by the electricity supplier or in your internet customer account of the same supplier if you have opted not to receive the bills.
More simply, it also appears in the Enedis account that anyone who uses a Linky meter has access to. By clicking on the “The meter” section, you will not only have access to the contracted power, but also to the maximum power to which you can subscribe by simple request and without the need to carry out any work.
Now you know a little more about the power of your Linky meter, which you are currently subscribed to and which is known as “connection”. If your goal is to increase power, be aware that this modification may result in additional prices depending on different providers.
If you are regularly forced to reset your meter due to power surges, typically when multiple electrical devices are plugged in and take your facility offline, you may need to request a power change. Depending on your installation, this can be done remotely or with more or less light intervention.
In all cases, you must make this request to your electricity supplier and not to Enedis, even if it is the latter that ultimately acts as network manager. In the simplest cases, especially if you have a recent electrical installation and the theoretical power connection of the fireplace is compatible with your request, it will be done remotely in a few days without intervention.
On the other hand, in certain old installations, Enedis could be forced to travel to check various things. This may be related to the circuit breaker that must be compatible with the requested power. When this is not the case, it will have to be modified for a cost of around 50 euros. You may also be interested in the diameter of the electrical cable that connects the network to your meter. It must be strong enough to withstand the requested power. Otherwise, another heavier and probably more expensive intervention will be necessary for a deeper renovation of the installation.
When such an intervention occurs, the Enedis worker activates the power increase on site by opening the meter and connecting it with a dedicated device after having checked the elements such as the circuit breaker and replaced the seals on the parts involved. In the image above you can see a Linky meter without its green cover during a power change intervention connected to the speaker device. In this specific case, although the Enedis account showed a theoretical maximum power of 12 kVA, it was only possible to go from 6 kVA to 9 kVA due to the diameter of the cable.