Linky meter: how and why does it know its power in kVA?

Linky meter: how and why does it know its power in kVA?

This is a fact that is sometimes overlooked by households: not all homes are equal in terms of electrical power. A large house logically needs more power to run its appliances, especially if the heating is electric, while a small apartment heated by a communal gas heater will have only very limited needs. Your supplier thus assigns a specific authorization based on the accommodation (and the demand of its occupants).

As a home changes, this power can be adjusted within the limits of the original installation’s capacity. For example, you need to know this information if you notice untimely interruptions when you connect multiple electrical devices at the same time, or if you plan to switch to all-electric heating.

This measurement is expressed in kilovolt-amperes and is usually stated in kVA on supplier invoices or contracts. To give you an idea of ​​what this represents, remember that 1 kVA equals 1000 volt-amperes and itself 1000 watts. You can use this figure in your various heating appliances, electric oven, refrigerator, etc. you will find and their power will definitely affect the consumption.

1. Linky in meters

The easiest way to get this information is to look directly at your Linky counter if it’s readily available. Press the right button several times to scroll through the information until you find “P SUBSCRIBED”. The value currently assigned to your household is above.

Here it is a 6kVa contract or 6000 volt-amperes/watt.

Subscribed power in KVA per linky meter

Subscribed power in KVA per linky meter

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We always find two interesting facts about power that we should know just before this reveal. “APP POWER” refers to the apparent power currently used when you look at the dial, we can also see it fluctuate. With just 932 VA here, we’re a long way from the contractual maximum, which is six times higher than that figure.

Power currently drawn in a Linky meter in real time

Power currently drawn in a Linky meter in real time

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We also find “PUIS MAX” or “PUIS MAX SOUTIR”, which is the highest value reached that day. You can directly see the consumption by looking at these settings when using powerful appliances such as ovens, stoves or large appliances. In our case, with about 4000 VA, we reached 60% of the installed capacity at a given time of day.

Maximum power demanded that day in the linky meter

Maximum power demanded that day in the linky meter

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2. Via the Enedis app near me

We already mentioned this app when we mentioned it savings that can be made By monitoring its consumption using the Linky linked meter. It also contains information about the subscribed power.

Enedis is with me

Enedis is with me

Enedis Yanımda is an application that allows Enedis customers to manage their accounts and get information about their energy consumption. The app is available for Android and iOS devices.

  • Version :
    6.1.5
  • Downloads:
    2127
  • Release date :
    05/16/2022
  • Author :
    Enedis
  • Licence :
    Free license
  • Categories:

    Vehicles

  • OS :

    Android, iOS iPhone / iPad

To do this, simply go to the “hamburger” menu in the upper left and select the “Counter” section. The subscribed power is shown there.

Subscribed meter power is displayed in Enedis app

Subscribed meter power is displayed in Enedis app

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On the other hand, we cannot find the information directly like we can do directly at the workbench. However, this allows you to have an up-to-date tracking of consumption and its evolution over time.

3. Invoices via supplier account or Enedis

The subscribed power appears in your invoices, possibly generated by the electricity supplier, or in your internet customer account from the same supplier if you have chosen not to receive the invoices.

More simply, Linky also appears in the Enedis account, accessible to anyone using the meter. By clicking on the “Counter” section, you will have access not only to the subscribed power, but also to the maximum power to which you can subscribe, on a simple request and without any action.

Counter power subscribed to Enedis account

The subscribed meter power can be viewed online from the Enedis account.

© Guillaume Bonvoisin

Now you know a little more about the power of your currently subscribed Linky meter, known as a “link”. If your goal is to increase power, be aware that this change may result in additional pricing depending on different suppliers.

If you have to restart your meter regularly due to power outages, typically when several electrical appliances are connected and powering up your installation, you may need to request a power change. Depending on your setup, this can be done remotely or with more or less light intervention.

In any case, you should forward this request to your electricity supplier, not Enedis, even if it is Enedis who will ultimately act as the network administrator. In the simplest cases, especially if you have a new electrical installation and the theoretical connection power of the fireplace is suitable for your request, this process will be done in a few days without remote intervention.

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On the other hand, on some older installations Enedis may need to travel to check a few things. This may be related to the circuit breaker, which must be compatible with the desired power. When this is not the case, it will have to be replaced at a cost of about 50 euros. He may also be interested in the diameter of the electrical cable connecting the network to your meter. It should be strong enough to support the desired strength. Otherwise, a heavier and possibly more expensive intervention will be required for a deeper refurbishment of the plumbing.

Linky setup with power change

When changing power, Enedis may have to intervene to check the suitability of the installation.

© Guillaume Bonvoisin

When such an intervention occurs, the Enedis employee activates on-site power increase by turning on the meter and connecting with a special device, after checking the elements such as circuit breaker and replacing the gaskets on the relevant parts. In the image above you can see a Linky meter without a green cap during a power change intervention connected to the speaker’s device. In this particular case, even though the Enedis calculation shows the theoretical maximum power of 12 kVA, only a switch from 6 kVA to 9 kVA was possible due to the diameter of the cable.

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