In the region of Gauteng in April and May large areas have suffered from further electricity blackouts, notably the East Rand in Johannesburg. It is now obvious that Eskom is still not managing to meet the high demand for electricity. As the winter weather closes in, so does higher electricity demand due to electrical heaters and warming devices, which means more electricity blackouts if we don’t do something about our electricity usage.
That said, even if electricity blackouts are not affecting you directly, the new prices definitely will. The increases announced in February 2010 will total to 75.8% from 2010 to 2013. This is without the increase of 31% last year, which will take the increases in electricity up to a staggering 106.8%.
If not the load-shedding, then the price of electricity is forcing us all consumers to start thinking of cutting down on use or at least making usage of electricity more efficient. Taking responsibility means that it is time to seriously start looking at managing our electricity consumption. To start saving we must start measuring our electricity consumption, because we can’t save something we can’t measure.
You can save 20%-40% on your electricity bill. To start saving we suggest you start measuring your electricity consumption with electricity monitors and make modifications to you consumption so that you can reduce your bills and help us all, just maybe save on having to endure winter blackouts.
To learn more visit: www.ElectricityMonitor.co.za  .
To learn more on saving energy read also: 6 Easy Ways to Save on Your Electricity Bills
Electricity Increases as published in the media from our last article:
2010/11: 24.8%. This makes the average Eskom electricity price for post paid meters 41.31c per kWh
2011/12: 25.1%. This makes the average Eskom electricity price for post paid meters 51.68 c per kWh
2012/2013: 25.9%. This makes the average Eskom electricity price for post paid meters 65.06c per kWh
And Remember: You can't save what you can't measure. If you can measure it, you can manage it and start saving.
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