Will the Linky meter prevent Enedis customers from having hot water?

Real.From October 15 to April 15, 2023, Enedis -the EDF subsidiary that manages the electricity distribution network- will suspend the automatic switch-on signal for the hot water storage tanks during the off-peak hours corresponding to 12:00 and 14:00: 00 hours. Only customers who have signed a contract…

Real. From October 15 to April 15, 2023, Enedis -the EDF subsidiary that manages the electricity distribution network- will suspend the automatic switch-on signal for the hot water storage tanks during the off-peak hours corresponding to 12:00 and 14:00: 00 hours. Only customers who have signed a “peak hour/off-peak hour” contract with a “off-peak hour” time slot between 12 and 2 pm are affected. Which, according to Enedis, corresponds to 4.3 million households.

This modification will be done through Linky’s counter. But the remote goes back a long time, way further back than Linky’s counter. In fact, the automatic setting of water tank heating times dates back to the 1970s, resulting in substantial savings for customers.

2. Public authorities will cut off hot water during the winter

Fake. This statement, which has flourished in the last ten days, gives off a strong smell of controversy, which is not surprising in the case of Linky’s accountant. On the one hand, the hot water storage tanks can be manually reset in forced operation. On the other hand, it is only a question of postponing part of the electrical consumption, not of preventing the production of hot water.

The eight off-peak hours provided for in the contract are distributed between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Or, second option, between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. and between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. It is in this second case that Enedis will intervene. This does not change the rate, nor the automatic heating during the rest of the off-peak hours.

In a context of tensions in the electrical network, the maneuver aims to avoid the mobilization of electrons for this use at one of the most critical times of the day. According to RTE, the manager of the electricity transmission network, demand is at its peak between 8 am and 1 pm on weekdays, and then at 7 pm. Forgoing heating the water in the balloons at 1 p.m. would allow the peak to reach about 2.5 gigawatts (GW), or the equivalent of two or three nuclear reactors at full power.

3. Linky saves money on your bill

True and false. Announced for the loi of 2015 on the « green croissance » (sic), the deployment of Linky chez 37.7 million foyers to fait l’object, à ses débuts, d’une campaign de communication sur le thème « vous allez faire savings”. In fact, Enedis’ “smart meter” does not shave for free. For more than 90% of equipped customers, it does not modify electricity uses for the simple reason that said customers do not record their personal consumption data. In the rest, we find the people most interested in sobriety.These do not necessarily need Linky to turn off the light.

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