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smart electricity meter

Smart electricity meter

Letters are arriving at homes all over Portugal asking homeowners to contact EDP so that they can set up an appointment to come and connect a smart electricity meter.

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smart electricity meter

You may be aware that this is also happening in your home country too because it is an EEC funded project which will eventually be linked to all the utilities enabling utility suppliers to “help us make savings” while charging us more for what we use.

I must admit that I have a very poor opinion of the EDP ( Portuguese Electricity Supplier) and their humorously named customer services.

I will try to put this sentiment to one side during this blog post so that I can point out potential issues for the none resident homeowner.

Meter location,
There has been a big push by the EDP in recent years to force people to move their electricity meters outside of the house to the perimeter of their properties and mount them in a purpose made cabinet. At your significant cost!

The way that they do this is to make you move the usually, wall mounted meter that you see in the entrance hall of many older homes here. You buy the property, the existing electricity account is terminated and when you go to reconnect/change names on the account.

They insist that you move the meter before they will connect. They may even insist on an electrical survey being done.

With the arrival of the new smart meter, I don’t know for certain if they will still force you to move the meter or not.

I would assume that they will as it is logical if they want to control all the utilities entering a home then they would all be together in a “utility wall”

If you do not respond they will still install a smart meter which necessitates cutting you electricity supply for a short time. This may impacy freazers fridges and items that you have on timers.

In the blog post below you can see an example of a “utility wall”
Link – http://www.casteloconstruction.info/2016/02/27/electricity/

Siemens is one of the suppliers of the new smart meters that EDP Distribuição is already installing at the clients’ homes, in a phased strategy. But in addition to the smart meters the company also developed the system that will allow to manage and control all data of the electrical network.

More precision in consumption measurements but also more detailed information, and more regular data communications with the power service provider – no need for manual counts – are some of the advantages that the new smart meters (also known as smart meters or Energy Boxes ) allow. The immediate benefits are transferred to customers and to EDP Distribuição, but they also prepare the system for future challenges, such as the possibility for each user to be a producer and store of energy.

In addition to the provision of smart meters, Siemens Portugal is also implementing a network information management system at EDP Distribuição that bridges the new meters and analog models, and also allow the collection and management of network data.

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Cash or Receipts, castelo Construction, english speaking Builder, Portugal

Cash or Receipts

Cash or Receipts what will you do?

Paying cash from building work is not the perceived benefit that it was with less suppliers accepting cash builders are stuck with how they could use their earnings.

Portugal has had a very long and very active Black economy. The Portuguese government is trying to change this far too late to a shade of Grey and in fact since recent laws were passed in 2017 more and more companies are offering invoices when you buy goods and services. Just in case there was any confusion it’s also against the law to avoid tax payment.

Why is this important to you when you are having construction work carried out in Portugal. This will be one of your greatest expenses when living here. There is a temptation for people coming to a foreign country to avoid “additional expenses” if they can.

Obviously, any builder wants to put through his books as little as possible basically to avoid the payment of tax and Iva which in Portugal is 23%

Castelo Construction looks at this from a different angle. We always provide invoices for work carried out.

why is this important it’s important to you?

Simple

Because when the time is right to sell your property in the future whether refurbished or a new build you can claim your VAT Iva back from the tax man saving you so you 23%

Obviously no invoice no savings.

Many people who when down the cash route ended up complaining that they had missed out on the 23% saving when it’s too late.

Here’s a little money saving tip for free without you having to go down the Cash or Receipts route. If you are going to open a bank account in Portugal to buy your property and carry out building work in Portugal make sure that they have a branch in your home country. For instance, Banco Santander Totta has this arrangement.
Then all you have to do is open an account with them in the UK and carry out bank to bank transfers for FREE.

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Gazebos en alpendres met een waterdicht dak

Gazebo’s, zonneschermen en tuinkamers zijn zeer populaire tuinstructuren die we door onze klanten in Portugal in Portugal moeten laten bouwen
Een van de interessante dingen voor onze vakmensen om mee te werken, zijn de verschillende ontwerpen die onze klanten bedenken.

We krijgen vaak schetsen, variërend van een pagina uit een notitieblok tot gescheurde foto’s van chique koffietafelbladen.
Onze taak is om eerst het ontwerp met de klant te bespreken, zodat we volledig begrijpen wat ze proberen te bereiken. We bespreken het project vervolgens grondig, zodat ze geen functies missen die later duur kunnen worden geïnstalleerd. We praten over het gebruik dat de structuur zal worden besteed.

Het zou bijvoorbeeld een buiten eetkamer kunnen zijn, dus de watertoevoer en afvoer voor een gootsteen zou een leuke toevoeging zijn, natuurlijk is er verlichting zowel binnen als buiten en zelfs het planten van schaduw en windscherm gebieden. Zoals je je kunt voorstellen is het een vrij lange lijst, maar omdat we veel van deze structuren hebben gebouwd, is het proces voor ons eenvoudig.
Tuinschaduwstructuren kunnen in drie hoofdtypen worden ingedeeld.

1, constructies met post of pilaren en geen waterdicht dak. Dit zijn pergola’s waar planten of wijnstokken over groeien of stro, schaduwmembranen of bamboedaken, zodat ze alleen schaduw bieden.

2, Dan zijn er de waterdichte / weerbestendige overdekte structuren die ook op pilaren kunnen zijn of aan drie kanten omgeven kunnen zijn door stevige muren met dakmaterialen, variërend van houten gordelroos, Romeinse dakpannen tot glas.

3, De volledig ommuurde gebouwen met massieve pannendaken kunnen worden gebruikt als eetzalen buiten, woonruimtes in Marokkaanse stijl, Japanse tee-huizen. Ideaal om te zitten en te ontspannen lezen of praten met vrienden. Het doel is om weer, wind en zon buiten te houden

Meer over de drie soorten tuinstructuren
Pergola’s worden meestal gebruikt wanneer de klant wil wegblijven van een heersende wind, schaduw heeft in de schaduw maar niet geïnteresseerd is om in koudere weersomstandigheden of in de regen te zitten.
Ze laten een bekwame tuinman een zeer speciale ontspannende schuilplaats maken met het gebruik van zeef- en schaduwplanten. Ze kunnen van een ultramodern ontwerp zijn of zo traditioneel als je wilt, met oude geregenereerde kastanjehouten balken, radslagen, oude olijfpotten en hand stenen troggen als plantenbakken. Er zullen af en toe momenten zijn dat vanwege het blad dat wordt beïnvloed door veranderende seizoenen, de pergola niet genoeg schaduw zal bieden.

Gazebos en alpendres met een waterdicht dak.

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De daken kunnen worden betegeld van geslagen koper, glas, eigenlijk alles wat je maar kunt bedenken, een van mijn favorieten is natuurlijk bamboe onder de tegels, omdat het me aan Bali doet denken. Je kunt linnen doek onder het dak ook hand geven om een Caribisch gevoel te geven.
Muren kunnen ook worden gemaakt van allerlei materialen van cob (een mengsel van aarde en stro) gemaakte stenen, steen, hout of zelfs zeildoek.
Het belangrijkste is om het materiaal te kiezen dat past bij het doel waarvoor je de structuur gaat gebruiken.
Oh en vergeet niet de kleuren die u kunt opnemen in het ontwerp. Niet alleen in de inrichting, maar ook in de structuur. Je kunt alle kleuren en texturen gebruiken die je wilt, bijvoorbeeld ondoorzichtige glazen stenen of flessen die in de muur zijn geplaatst voor een subtiele verlichting

Als je het hele jaar door wilt kijken, dan wil je vuurkorven overwegen, om op winteravonden warm te blijven.
Fonteinen en visvijvers, watervallen, hangmatten voor dagbedden en ingebouwde meubels zoals boekenkasten, koelkasten, wijnkasten, barbecues en houtovens
Welk ontwerp u ook aan Castelo Construction denkt, u kunt hier helpen
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