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Eskom tariff hike approved

Eskom tariff hike approved

Eskom was given the green light to increase their tariffs by over 15%.  The increase will be implemented from 1 April.

The High Court has ruled that Eskom can now raise a further R10 billion as part of its allowable revenue for the current year.  Energy expert Ted Blom said that the ruling was not fair to the public.

“Behind the scenes, it’s changing the fixed costs. So if you normally use a R100 pay-as-go coupon, and let’s say you got 50 units for your R100, under the new tariff structure, the fixed costs are going to be R75 out of your R100 and you will only get 30 units for your electricity.”

Blom added that the only way out was to call for an energy revolution.

“We, the public, are being hoodwinked and sucked dry by all these non-transparent things that are happening in dark boardrooms with smoky mirrors. It’s time for this to change and the only way is to take on the government and the only way to do that is to call for an energy revolution. Those are words that the government will understand a little better than So-called placid participatory forum.”

What can you do to reduce your energy usage?

  • Manage your geyser. Switch it off if unused or if you leave on holiday.
    Install a timer on your geyser.
  • Cover your hot water heater with an insulation blanket.
  • Reduce the temperature of your geyser thermostat to 55°C or less.
  • Invest in a solar geyser. You can save up to 40% on your electricity bill.
  • Save up to 16% on your bill by insulating your home properly.
  • Save up to 10% on your bill by setting your pool pump to run for a shorter period each day: 6 hours in summer and 4 in winter are enough.
  • Replace your old bulbs for LED equivalent. They use 90% less electricity and last up to 20 years.
  • Invest in energy STAR appliances and electronics.
  • Save 6% on your bill by switching off your appliances at the wall.
  • Run full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher
  • Don’t set your fridge temperature colder than necessary: set your refrigerator between 2°C and 5°C and your freezer between -20°C and – 22°C
  • Install an energy saving-showerhead: they are designed to use up to 40% less hot water.

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