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Old 8th July 2019, 10:23 AM
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Amazing coincidence - we completed our house sale on 12 August as well, back in 2005! Hope it all goes as smoothly as ours did.

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Re plugs, bring a UK 3-way adapter and fit a Spanish plug on that. Then your toaster, kettle and microwave can just plug straight in.
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I brought similar with me years ago and they were a godsend.
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We are on 3.3kw and made enquiries to upgrade and was quoted €2500. I walked around the house, put on all 4 aircon units, kettle, tv,lights with no tripping whatsoever.
I figure that if the power is not going to trip with that lot on when is it going to. Been here 4 months now and no trippage!
I'm guessing that you don't yet have a smart meter? Nearly all the houses around where I live - including my own - had "unofficial" upgrades before our electricity supplier (Iberdrola) replaced the old fashioned meters with the new smart meters. With the old meters a dodgy electrician could easily swap the official cut-out with a higher-rated one. One of my neighbours had a 3.3kw contract but a 10kw cut-out. It came as quite a shock when the old meters were replaced with the fool-proof high-tech versions! I understand that smart meters are being rolled-out across Spain so unofficially high supplies will soon be a thing of the past.

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I'm guessing that you don't yet have a smart meter? Nearly all the houses around where I live - including my own - had "unofficial" upgrades before our electricity supplier (Iberdrola) replaced the old fashioned meters with the new smart meters. With the old meters a dodgy electrician could easily swap the official cut-out with a higher-rated one. One of my neighbours had a 3.3kw contract but a 10kw cut-out. It came as quite a shock when the old meters were replaced with the fool-proof high-tech versions! I understand that smart meters are being rolled-out across Spain so unofficially high supplies will soon be a thing of the past.
I am assuming we don’t. For Iberdrola to quote the €2500 we had to have an approved electrian come out, assess the property and send a report to them. At cost to me, obviously!

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keep the original british plugs and buy quality (not Chinese crap) adaptors, before anyone cries ''nonsense'' I was an electrical test engineer before moving to Spain.
PS yes your appliances will work on 'Spanish electric',,,,, it's all about the voltage and Hertz lads lol!!!!

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All will work just as they do in the UK.
Good quality adapters needed (13amp) at first until you get the plugs changed.
''Good quality adapters needed (13amp) at first until you get the plugs changed'', good advice about 'quality adapters' (what price your neck) but I would stick with the fused british plug.

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''Good quality adapters needed (13amp) at first until you get the plugs changed'', good advice about 'quality adapters' (what price your neck) but I would stick with the fused british plug.
I bought 2 x 5-packs of the adapters noted by 'Love Karma'. All work perfectly. Where two or more devices are to stay put - TV/STB/DVD/Stereo Amp - one adapter > 13A UK > 6-way block, fused and surge protected.

I have many power tools, from a mini breaker to soldering iron. An adapter on the UK plug of a 4-way extention lead means I can use these tools without endless swapping of adapters or the faff of changing the tools' plugs.


The smart meters are impressive. The Iberdrola 'Customer Area' allows one to see bills on line. Monthly consumption per year-to-date is a 12 bar chart. Any month can be opened to show consumption per day. Any day can be opened to show consumption per hour.

The other day I noticed a great spike around 8pm. Wha? --- Electric oven! Pizza! This led me to monitor the daily chart for consumption due to the AC. I saw a massive spike every evening around 8pm - not a pizza this time but switching on the AC in the salón/comedor - from around 300KWh to +/- 1500KWh.

Having a think about AC and the options in settings, I tried a 'soft start' by starting on the 'drying' setting before switching 20-30 mins later to 'cooling'. This has worked. The spike is now 500KWh lower. Once the thermostat is cutting off the AC at the set temp, I switch back to 'drying' for the rest of the evening.

I do the same in my bedroom at night. After the room has cooled down on 'cooling' I switch to 'drying', which, here in Valencia, can be the more comfortable setting anyway.

There are considerable savings to be made doing this.
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What kind of A/C do you have? I think most of the mono split heat pumps have a limit under 1kw. That's full power until the thing reaches the preset temperature.

If you have an older unit the power savings alone can make swapping it an idea to consider.

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What kind of A/C do you have? I think most of the mono split heat pumps have a limit under 1kw. That's full power until the thing reaches the preset temperature.

If you have an older unit the power savings alone can make swapping it an idea to consider.
I'm not sure what you mean by 'mono split heat pumps have a limit under 1kw'. I have the very latest Mitsubishi split units, one ext/one int unit per room.

I think the point is that setting the thing going on 'drying' for a while until the room is perceptably cooler, before switching to 'cooling' for a period, has achieved what I set out to do - reduce the peak level of the spike. And once running on 'drying' again, it is more economical, with no perceptible decrease in comfort.

I learned this trick with the 'drying' setting from a comment by a user in Singapore which I know from years of experience is exhaustingly humid
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