I have a house that I spend 4 weeks of the year & have an electric bill of 360 euro per month, surprisingly that is not the problem. Initially upon rewiring the house the builder said that the 6mm cable supplied from the street by EDF into my building was dangerous & he expected I would be awaking to fried birds on my front lawn. After 3 useless conversations with EDF they increased my supply to 12kw but did not physically change any of their equipment, I told them it was dangerous but they declared it would not be possible I would use more than 12kw.
We have historically experienced the EDF main breaker switching over but stomached the inconvenience. Yesterday a young English speaking Enedis chap showed up to put in a smart meter & replace the 1920’s EDF meter. I mentioned that the cable was dangerous considering that I estimated that I was pulling up to 30 kw of power (in the 2 weeks I spend there at Christmas) through their current copper tooth floss running from the street & at least a 10mm cable was needed. Surprisingly he agreed but could not understand the power usage. I explained that being a tea drinker with a wife who drinks coffee & likes a slice of toast that the kettle, Nespresso machine & toaster each were rated 2kw. Add in the 3 blow dryers each 2kw with a boiler of 2kw, 16kw of electrical heating (we have no gas just 4 large wood burners), an induction hob rated to 11kw without the 2 ovens & lighting that probably takes 2kw. I am sure there are some additional items I have missed (like the dryer & washing machine & drainage pumps etc).
After the smart box went in I had someone test the house & turn on 2 ovens, 2 rings on the induction hob, 1 heater & the boiler & it tripped the EDF breaker. It appears if anyone cooks then they no longer will simultaneously be able to boil a kettle. We think the smart box now regulates our consumption to just 12kw & the 1920’s box was dangerous but conveniently unregulated.
I am calling EDF from here in London tomorrow to see if they can suggest a way of overcoming the supply problem. What is also disappointing is that we just had a new pool installed with heat pump which is rated at 2.6kw without including the 3/4hp pump, my builder has suggested even though I have never swam in it we turn it into a fish pond if EDF cannot up the supply.
I am concerned because when I showed the 2 Enedis technicians the Neff induction top they asked where an earth I got it, as if it was illicit contraband, & my answer of John Lewis did not pacify their shock. They declared you could not get it here in France (not sure I believe that) & my lifestyle was the problem.
Unfortunately gas is not available in our area. Am I the only one who feels 12kw is not a lot of power when these Enedis seemed to think otherwise. I am assuming I will need to push to 36kw but I fear this is going to lead to the EDF religious police interrogating me about my kettle & cooker.
Am I the only who has had these power supply problems ? Any suggestions short of selling the house.
The idea of adding air conditioning this summer is definitely out of the window (literally).
Thanks for any advice of encouragement.