It’s a well known fact that EV charging at home is cheaper than charging on the go. With the public network having to hike up prices in line with rising energy costs, I wanted to work on a way to drive costs down wherever I could, and to help other EV drivers do the same.


That’s why in this article I’ll be breaking down how Clenergy EV’s new app feature helped me save £2,000 a year in EV charging costs without any changes to my daily routine.

Charge Scheduling: EV's Biggest Money Saving Tool

Most energy providers in the UK currently offer two rates for electricity; an off-peak rate, and an on-peak rate.


These off-peak rates are often significantly cheaper, and typically run through low usage times. The problem is that these typically run late into the night,with off-peak rates on my current tariff running from 00:30 to 04:30.


Hats off to anyone who’s committed enough to their electrical savings that they’d be happy leaving bed at half past midnight every evening to charge their car, but it’s just not for me.


Some EV apps allow you to set a timer for charges, but this can affect charging outside of these off-peak hours - and you need to remember to turn them off and on again.


But using our new app features, I’ve been able to plug in my EV and set a schedule for charges to start and end at exactly these times - without any 4 am wake ups.


My 7kWh charger typically takes me around 12 hours to reach a full charge if starting from empty. Naturally then, it makes more sense for me to charge in smaller four hour sessions every evening, which means my usual nightly usage for EV charging is 28kWh.


With the off-peak rate on my electricity tariff running at 9p per kWh compared to 30p per kWh during peak times, this meant charging cost £2.66 instead of £8.40 for a single night.


That’s a huge £5.77 per night in savings, through the click of a few buttons on my Clenergy EV app.

Table comparing popular energy provider tariffs in the UK to work out potential EV charging savings per night.
My Rolec EV home charger.