Some may be aware that the Council approved the Budget for on Wednesday 8 June 2011. Part of this involved the approval of the new electricity tariffs tabled by Cape Town Electricity Services which will be in effect from 1 July 2011……………so what does this mean for domestic consumers?
Basically- there are two possible tariffs available for the City’s domestic electricity consumers. The tariffs are applicable irrespective of whether supplies are metered by credit or prepayment meters.
The Domestic Tariff is a two block inclining block tariff and is applicable to customers who receive more than 450 kWh per month on average (as calculated using a twelve month average), including any Free Basic Electricity that may be applicable.
Block 1 (0-600 kWh per calendar month) has an energy charge of 107.43 c/kWh plus VAT = 122.47 c/kWh, and Block 2 (all electricity received over 600 kWh per calendar month) has an energy charge of 118.06 c/kWh plus VAT = 134.59 c/kWh.
There is no service charge applicable to this tariff, nor is there any Free Basic Electricity supplied on this tariff.
The Lifeline Tariff is a special, highly subsidized 4 block inclining block tariff aimed at consumers who receive on average 450 kWh or less per month (as calculated using a twelve month average), including any Free Basic Electricity that may be applicable.
Block 1 (0-150 kWh per calendar month) has an energy charge of 61.60 c/kWh plus VAT = 70.22 c/kWh. This block also includes any Free Basic Electricity that may apply. Where this is the case, the first 50 kWh will be at no cost to the consumer, and the remaining 100 kWh of this block will be at the rate above.
Block 2 (150-350 kWh per calendar month) has an energy charge of 81.04 c/kWh plus VAT = 92.39 c/kWh, Block 3 (350-600 kWh per calendar month) has an energy charge of 107.43 c/kWh plus VAT = 122.47 c/kWh, and Block 4 (all electricity received over 600 kWh per calendar month) has an energy charge of 118.06 c/kWh plus VAT = 134.59 c/kWh.
Note that the figures for both tariffs apply per calendar month, and not per purchase.
Which Tariff Is Available To Me?
The Domestic Tariff is the only option for consumers receiving more than 450 kWh per month on average, based on a 12 month average.
The Lifeline Tariff is an option for consumers who receive less than 450 kWh per month on average, based on a 12 month average. These consumers are eligible for receiving Free Basic Electricity.
Any consumer on the Domestic Tariff who feels that they’ve received less than the average of 450 kWh per month is free to apply for the Lifeline Tariff, however, the City will investigate whether or not they actually do qualify or not. Should they qualify, they will be switched to the Lifeline Tariff with effect from the date of application.
For more information on the tariffs please see the council’s website www.capetown.gov.za.
So the price of electricity is going up, what can I do to reduce my account?
Hot Water Cylinder
1. Instruct all household members, particularly servants and children, in the economical use of hot water.
2. When bathing, use as little water as possible, or better still have a shower.
3. Do not wash one cup at a time under the hot tap but rather stack the dirty dishes and wash them together in the sink at the same time.
4. Do not allow hot water taps to drip.
5. Have the hot water cylinder thermostat set as low as the household’s hot water demand will permit.
6. Switch off the cylinder when not in use, for example at night, or should the family go out to work during the day, the cylinder could be switched off in the morning. More importantly, switch off the cylinder when away for relatively long periods, such as when on holiday.
7. Recommended temperature setting is 60°C.
1. When the water has boiled, turn the heat down as low as possible so that the water just keeps boiling. Do not cook food with the controls set higher than absolutely necessary.
2. It is cheaper to heat water in a kettle than to heat it in a pot on the stove.
3. Do not cook food for longer than necessary.
4. Make sure that the bottom of the pots are flat so that good contact can be obtained between the stove plates and the bottom of the pots.
5. For stoves with the heavy solid plates which retain their heat, switch off the plate a few minutes before removing the pot.
6. Small pots should be heated on the stove’s small plates to avoid unnecessary heat loss.
7. A microwave oven is cheaper to operate than a stove.
Refrigerators and Deep Freezers
1. Open the refrigerator or deep freeze door as little and for as short a period as possible.
2. Do not place hot food in the refrigerator or deep freeze. Allow it to cool externally first.
3. Ensure that door seals are in good condition.
Space Heaters and Air Conditioners
1. Sit as close as practically possible to a heater to avoid as far as possible the need to have both elements switched on together.
2. Switch off the heater when leaving the room for any length of time.
3. When using heaters or air conditioners, limit or restrict as far as possible the opening of windows.
4. Curtains help to retain the heat in a room. Draw the curtains early in the evening especially during cold weather.
5. It is cheaper to use an electric blanket than to heat the bedroom with a heater.
Other Electrical Appliances and Lights
1. When using a kettle, do not fill it right to the top if you only intend making one cup of tea.
2. Store excess hot water from the kettle in a vacuum flask for the odd cup of coffee or for washing up later.
3. Dishwashers and washing machines should only be used when one has a full load to wash and not just a few items.
4. Do not leave lights burning unnecessarily.
5. Survey your incandescent lights for opportunities to replace them with compact fluorescents. These lamps can save three-quarters of the electricity used by incandescents and have a very much longer operating life. The best targets are 60-100W bulbs used several hours a day.
1. Operate the filter pump for minimum periods.
2. During winter algae growth is restricted and the use of the filter cleaning system can be limited to once every few days.
Remember: there is currently a shortage of generating capacity in the country. To minimise the load on the electrical network in the country try to avoid the use of high consuming appliances during the evening peak hours of 18:00 to 21:00. These appliances include heaters, air conditioners, stoves, hot water geysers, tumble dryers, washing machines, dishwashers and swimming pool pumps.
For more hints on saving electricity, please go to www.savingelectricity.org.za
or contact the City’s call centre on 086 010 3089.