1.1 million kettles boiling at the same time. That’s the two gigawatt surge the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) was expecting during half time in the recent Euros 2020 final between England and Italy.
While the intensity of these so-called TV pick-up moments have decreased somewhat due to the rise of on-demand and internet streaming services, our need for energy fluctuates throughout the day which can alter how much we pay and where our energy comes from. During peak times, when demand is higher, energy can be more expensive, especially on a variable tariff. Not just that, but in order to meet the increased demand, the energy we’re paying for is often generated from fossil fuels.
It therefore stands to reason that if you or your business is able to, the best time to charge an electric vehicle (EV) is at night when there’s the least demand. Called “smart charging”, this also means that the power being using to charge your EV is more likely to come from renewable sources because there's less pressure on the Grid.
But you don't have to stay up late to charge your EV during these off-peak hours as there are chargers and vehicles that can do this for you automatically...