This past June, new electricity rates and a new billing system came into effect throughout Spain. This new, more complicated system divides the day into three different time slots and in each one, the price of electricity either increases or decreases. This means that your bill will change greatly depending on what time of day you use the most electricity.

This system establishes a peak period (the most expensive) that takes place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. The standard period has an intermediate cost and takes place between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. and 12 a.m. The off-peak period (a.k.a. the cheapest time) is between 12 a.m. and 8 a.m., plus weekends and holidays.

However, sticking to these time slots isn’t quite enough anymore, as due to a recent government decree meant to lower the special electricity tax, the known time slots have become even more muddled.

Using electricity at the cheapest times

Not knowing exactly what price you’re paying for electricity at any given time can cause your bill at the end of the month to skyrocket. So what can you do? Be cautious and use electricity when it costs the least (although this isn’t always possible).

Even though there are many factors that influence the final amount you’ll pay, including the company, the amount of power you’ve contracted and the number of hours you spend using electricity, the app “Precio Luz” will tell you what the exact cost is at any given moment.


The app “Precio Luz” from Neapp Soft

Okay, so developers aren’t always the most original when it comes to naming these types of apps. But hey, at least they deliver what they promise.

Precio Luz is an app with an extremely simple and intuitive interface that will tell you the exact cost of electricity in real-time. [Download]

One of the great things about it is that it will automatically notify you when the price is lower so you can take advantage and use any appliances that use more electricity during that time. Plus, it also has a widget that gives you information about the current price and the most expensive time in real-time.



**Please, take into account that this is a Spanish app that only shows the prices in Spain. For info on the prices of other European countries, you can check sites like**


Translated by Sarah Odebralski


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