To make sure that all consumers pay a fair price regardless of the caloric power of the gas received, gas consumption is calculated in kWh and not cubic metres.
You will find your EAN code on your energy bill, or you can call Sibelga customer services.
The difference between rich and lean gas is their calorific value, i.e. a different quantity of energy. However, this difference does not affect your bill.
Since the liberalisation of the Brussels energy market, you have been able to choose your gas and electricity supplier. You can change supplier at any time but you have to take into account a period of notice to terminate your contract.
When moving in, take out a plan with the energy supplier of your choice. During the tenancy, take care of the gas and electricity installations. When moving out, close the account if the new occupant refuses the transfer procedure.
Your electricity consumption is determined every year on the basis of the difference between the reading displayed by the meter and that of the previous year. This counts the number of kilowatt hours delivered to you.
The smart meter or intelligent meter is an electronic meter that is capable of recording and transmitting power consumption data. Smart meters will be rolled out in Brussels gradually.
Although many suppliers are authorised to sell energy in Brussels, we note that there are only seven energy suppliers who focus on household customers.
In the liberalised energy market, you are mainly in contact with two players: the supplier and the distribution system operator. However, alongside these two main parties, other companies or bodies also contribute towards supplying energy and ensuring that the market runs smoothly.
There are more than 15 suppliers on the Brussels market for both gas and electricity. Your choice of supplier depends on a number of factors, such as the rates applied, the contractual conditions, the related services or the supplier’s sustainability policy.
Your annual gas and electricity statement consists of three main parts. Each one corresponds to the missions and costs incurred by a party in the energy supply chain.
If you have a complaint, first of all contact your electricity or gas supplier. If you are dissatisfied with the response, you can contact a mediation body and as a last resort you can start legal proceedings.
In Brussels the roll-out of the smart meter is being organised by Sibelga, the power and gas distribution network operator.
The rates you get through collective energy purchasing are not systematically financially more rewarding than those you could get yourself by contacting a supplier directly. However, they are still profitable in certain cases.
The rates charged for gas and electricity are made up of three elements; each of these is determined by a specific party.
You have very extensive consumer rights. You can leave your energy supplier at any time for a more advantageous offer or cancel an energy contract signed with a direct seller.
If you move house, you should check what is most advantageous for you. You can transfer your current contract to your new address, renegotiate or change energy supplier.
Even if your meter has two counters, this does not necessarily mean that the dual hourly rate is automatically applied. To benefit from this, you have to conclude a specific contract with your supplier.
Brugel, the Brussels energy regulator, regulates and monitors the working of the market. Brugel is the contact point for the people of Brussels for everything relating to energy. The range of services it offers includes protection, mediation and information.
No, if you move house you do not have to have the meter read officially by Sibelga.
Since the Brussels energy market was liberalised, you are free to choose your gas and electricity supplier. You therefore have the right to terminate your supply contract at any time. You do, of course, have to give a period of notice.
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