Nersa gave Eskom permission to raise the electricity tariff and it's going to hit our wallets right between the eyes. When the 4% raise is taken into calculation of electricity usage, the amount South Africans spend on electricity is going to go way up from April 2019.
Eskom will raise the electricity tariff by 4% from April next year and another 15% raise is being considered at the moment, according to an earlier report by Briefly.co.za.
While 4% may not sound like a lot, it will once you think about it.
Look at it this way: if you calculate how much electricity something simple like your fridge uses per hour you'd be surprised how much it amounts to in rands at the end of the month. Now 4% will have to be added to that as well.
Briefly.co.za gathered some information and this is how much the average South African will be spending on keeping basic appliances running:
Appliances that are on every day, all day
Keeping your food fresh will go from R243,54 to R249,60
Keeping your meat and other foodstuffs frozen will effectively go from R38,45 to R39,39
Appliances that are used on average 180 hours a month
A basic 70cm TV
The cost of using your TV will go from R20,29 to R20,80
Using your PC will go from R43,83 to R44,93
A simple 60-watt light bulb
The monthly cost will go from R12,18 to R12,28.
Having warm water will raise in cost from R608,85 to R624. If you use your geyser only as needed, or else you'll pay R2,900 a month for warm water 24/7.
Appliances that are used about 36 hours per month
Cooking your food will go from costing R146,17 to R149,83
Appliances that are used 10 hours a month
Keeping your clothes proper and ironed will go from costing R13,53 to R13,86
Appliances that are used only about 3 hours a month
The cost of heating your food will go from R.5,27 to R5,40
Enjoying toast every now and then will go from R4,46 to R4,57
Drinking tea or coffee will go from costing R9,74 to R10. Unless you're addicted to caffeine, then this could be a little more.
What does all this mean?
Basically, your electricity bill will go up with about R40 per month, give or take a little. That amounts to about R480 a year.
This might not sound as bad but if that 15% tariff raise gets approved, things will look a lot bleaker for South Africans.
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