The electric bill With its failed gas cap, it monopolizes all the headlines, but another threat of equal or greater caliber looms over the Spanish: the gas bill when the cold arrives, with the price of raw materials skyrocketing and with no prospect of going down because of the war in Ukraine.
Is there any way to minimize the impact of this new region for the suffering family economies? There is, and it is a consequence of the desperate measures it has taken Pedro Sanchez to try to contain the inflation unsuccessfully. In the gas market, as in the electricity market, there is a regulated market and a free market. The key is to play between the two.
As reported by OKDIARIO, the Government price rise is limited in the regulated market at 15% per month; which implies that right now that rate is artificially low and that a deficit (the difference with what real gas costs, which has multiplied its price almost by 10) that at some point you will have to pay the consumer in the form of one or several extraordinary receipts.
In principle, this limitation expires in march; if that deficit is charged at once, it will imply a 265% increase in the receipt. And from there, the following receipts will come with the real price of gas. To find out if you are in the regulated market, you must indicate on your receipt that you pay the SHOULD (Last Resort Fee).
In the free market there is no such limitation and the companies are warning customers who must renew their contract that their estimated bill for the next 12 months will be up to four times more expensive than in the last year.
The TUR until March
Consequently, what the experts consulted by this newspaper recommend is to stay or switch to the regulated market (to the TUR) until March, to benefit from this limitation on the price increase currently in force. And when March arrives, depending on what the Executive decides to do and how the price of gas is then, it can be changed to the free market.
At that time, it may happen that Theresa Rivera decide to prolong that limitation for another three months. In that case, it would be best to stay on the TUR. On the other hand, if you decide to collect the accumulated difference at once, it will be time to switch to the free market. Especially, if at that time the price of gas has dropped to more normal levels than the current ones and the offers of the companies are better than the current ones.
All the large gas companies offer both the TUR regulated rate and the free market rate. On the other hand, not all the small ones give the regulated one, so you will have to consult it with yours. In case you cannot offer this alternative, you will have to change supplier. Don’t worry, they will welcome you with open arms.