This is a fact sometimes ignored by households: not all homes are equal in terms of electrical power. A large house will logically need more power to operate its appliances, especially if the heating is electric, while a small apartment heated with a common gas heater will only have very limited needs. Thus your supplier allocates a certain authorized power according to the accommodation (and the demand of those who occupy it).
As a household changes, this power can be adjusted, within the limits of the capacity of the original installation. If you notice, for example, that untimely cuts occur when you simultaneously connect several electrical appliances, or if you plan to switch to all-electric heating, you will need to know this information.
This measurement is expressed in kilovolt-amperes and usually noted as kVA on supplier invoices or contract. To give an idea of what this represents, remember that 1 kVA is equal to 1000 volt-amperes, itself equal to 1000 watts. You will find this figure on your various heating appliances, electric oven, refrigerator, etc., and their power will obviously influence consumption.
1. On the Linky meter
The easiest way to obtain this information is to look directly on your Linky counter if it is easily accessible. Press the right button several times to scroll through the information until you find the one mentioning “P SUBSCRIBED”. Above is the value currently assigned to your household.
Here it is a 6kVa contract, or 6000 volt-amperes/watts.
Always about the power, we also find just before this mention two interesting information to know. “APP POWER” corresponds to the apparent power currently used when you consult the dial, we can also see it fluctuate. Here with only 932 VA, we are far from the maximum fixed in the contract, six times higher than this figure.
Further on we also find “PUIS MAX” or “PUIS MAX SOUTIR” which is the highest value having been reached during the current day. By consulting these settings when using powerful appliances such as an oven, hob, or large household appliance, you can see the consumption directly. In our case, with almost 4000 VA we reached 60% of the capacity of the installation at a given time of the day.
2. Via the Enedis application by my side
We have already talked about this application when we mentioned the savings that can be made by monitoring consumption using the Linky connected meter. It also contains information on the subscribed power.
Enedis by my side
Enedis By my side is an application that allows Enedis customers to manage their account and obtain information on their energy consumption. The app is available for Android and iOS devices.
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To do this, simply go to the “hamburger” menu at the top left and choose the “Counter” section. The subscribed power is indicated there.
On the other hand, we do not find the information directly as we were able to do directly on the counter. However, this allows you to have an up-to-date follow-up of consumption and its evolution over time.
3. Via their invoices, supplier account or Enedis
The subscribed power probably appears on your bills established by the electricity supplier or in your internet customer account from the same supplier if you have chosen not to receive the bills.
More simply, it also appears on the Enedis account to which anyone using a Linky meter has access. By clicking on the “The meter” section, you will not only have access to the subscribed power, but also to the maximum power to which you can subscribe on simple request and without having to carry out any work.
You now know a little more about the power of your Linky meter, that currently subscribed and that known as “connection”. If your goal is to increase the power, be aware that this modification may result in additional pricing depending on the different suppliers.
If you are regularly forced to restart your meter because of power overruns, typically when several electrical devices are connected and trip your installation, you may need to request a power change. Depending on your installation, this can be done remotely or with more or less light intervention.
In all cases, you must make this request to your electricity supplier and not Enedis, even if it is the latter who will ultimately act as network manager. In the simplest cases, especially if you have a recent electrical installation and the theoretical connection power of the fireplace is compatible with your request, this will be done remotely in a few days without intervention.
On the other hand, on certain old installations, Enedis could be required to travel to check several things. This may relate to the circuit breaker which must be compatible with the power requested. When this is not the case, it will have to be modified for a cost of around 50 euros. He could also be interested in the diameter of the electrical cable that connects the network to your meter. It must be strong enough to support the requested power. Otherwise, another heavier and probably more expensive intervention will be necessary for a deeper renovation of the installation.
When such an intervention takes place, the Enedis worker then activates the increase in power on site by opening the meter and connecting with a dedicated device after having checked the elements such as the circuit breaker and replaced the seals on the parts concerned. . On the image above you can see a Linky meter without its green cover during a power change intervention connected with the speaker’s device. In this specific case, even if the Enedis account showed a theoretical maximum power of 12 kVA, only the passage from 6 kVA to 9 kVA was possible due to the diameter of the cable.