With winter coldly knocking, electricity usage is bound to increase as we enjoy more hot drinks and turn on heaters and electric blankets to keep the chill at bay. Sadly, this will hike the electricity bill especially if you are not using a pre-paid electricity meter. Predicting how much these appliances are consuming everytime they are on, may not be accurate, making it even more difficult to budget for the consumption. This is what Meter Mate, a prepaid meter company, based in the north of Johannesburg advise:
It is important to keep your readings up to date so that you can prevent any nasty surprises in the form of a huge bill which has been built up by incorrect estimates on your account for months or even years. You must make sure you are on a suitable tariff option
This means, for instance, that if you use under 800 Kwh per month then it is better to be on the life line rather than being on Two part tariff which is more suitable for someone who uses over 800 Kwh per month. The relationship either with your landlord or tenants amongst other things, can be compromised due to incorrect or high electricity bills. At times, solving the problem can take longer with the municipality. Maybe it is time to consider prepaid billing system, not only will it ease the pressures of managing the readings, but give your tenant more control on electricity usage.
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