Many cost conscious consumers who have converted to prepaid electricity to cut their energy bills, are still spending excessively in winter.
Shadrack Palmer, Chief Commercial Officer at FNB Service Provider says FNB customers spent on average 12% more on prepaid electricity purchases during the 2016 winter period than the period after. This was subsequent to a 9.4% average price increase in April 2016.
This year, the national energy regulator has approved a 2.2% average price increase which was implemented on 1 April 2017 for Eskom direct customers and will be effective from 1 July 2017 for municipalities.
Following on the increased usage trend during winter and the increased tariffs, Eunice Sibiya, Head of Consumer Education shares six tips on how consumers can lower their electricity bills this winter.
“With electricity costs continuing to increase, it has become imperative for consumers to continuously look for practical ways to reduce their consumption. Any form of saving can go a long a way in helping everyone cope in these tough times,” concludes Sibiya.
FNB currently covers 65% of all local municipalities which have prepaid electricity services and includes coverage for all Eskom municipalities nation-wide.