Load-shedding could cause you to pay almost double for electricity

Load-shedding could cause you to pay almost double for electricity

- Load-shedding is being blamed for increases in people's energy bills

- One expert claims that users get charged more for electricity immediately after load-shedding

- This is because the sudden return of power leads to a surge in electricity use

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Experts have warned that load-shedding could drive up your electricity bill up by as much as 100%.

Similarly, some analysts have debunked Eskom's claims that the recent bout of power outages was due to damage done by the cyclone in Mozambique.

These experts paint a picture of a power-utility in crisis, unable to provide the public with straight answers.

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Energy analyst, Ted Blom, told The South African that load-shedding leads to increased electricity expenditure in a number of ways. 

For example, when the power returns after load-shedding, this usually leads to a sudden increase in electricity demand. During these 'peak demand' timess electricity rates go up, meaning that when the power come back on after load-shedding, you're actually paying more for it.

Similarly, Blom added that Eskom had secretly started implementing stage 5 load-shedding this week, even before the first rumours of stage 5 surfaced.

This is because stage 4 load-shedding officially refers to 4 000 megawatts being shed in a single day. However, this week, Eskom had shed up to 4900 megawatts per day.

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Blom also expressed doubt about the claims Pravin Gordhan made during his press briefing this week and said that it was time Eskom came clean about what is going on.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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