KPLC Tariffs: Why is My Electricity Bill so High?

Do you know how KPLC tariffs work? How do you calculate your electricity bill? These are some of the things that make your electricity bill so high.

You might be thinking, the reason why your electricity bill is so high, might be because of too many appliances in your home. But, what if I told you that that’s not the case?

You will be surprised to see that when your neighbor buys electricity tokens worth Ksh 300, he/she gets 19.5 kWh.

But, when you purchase electricity tokens worth Ksh 400, you end up with a total of 17.9 kWh. Why? This Leeds us to the next question.

KPLC Tariffs: How much does Kenya Power charge per kWh?

The reason why your electricity bill is different from your neighbor is that KPLC has 9 types of electricity consumers. Each type has a different tariff.

A consumer can move from one tariff to the next provided that his/her electricity consumption exceeds/ is below a particular threshold for a given period of time.

Related: How to Check Your KPLC Bill Online.

KPLC Tariffs: What is your Tariff?

The following is a list of KPLC tariffs

  1. Domestic Lifeline –  These are domestic consumers whose consumption per month does not exceed 100 units. Consumers in this category are charged at Ksh 10 per kWh.
  2. Domestic Ordinary  – This tariff is applicable to consumers whose consumption is greater than 100 units but less than 15,000 units per month. Consumers in this category are charged a flat energy rate of Ksh 15.8 per kWh.
  3. Small Commercial1 – Next, is the small consumer 1, which is small businesses. A business classified under this category and whose electricity consumption ranges between 0-100 units per month. The energy rate for this type of consumer is charged at Ksh 10 per kWh.
  4. Small Commercial2 – Lastly, this consumption category applies to small businesses whose consumption is greater than 101 but less than 15000 units per month. The energy rate for this type of consumer is charged at Ksh 15.6 per kWh.

This means that for domestic consumers whose monthly electricity consumption is not greater than 100 units, fall under the Domestic Lifeline and they are sold an energy unit at Ksh 10.

Most consumers fall under the Domestic Ordinary category where a single unit goes for ksh 15.8 if I am not wrong.

This means that a consumer under the Domestic Lifeline category will purchase 19.5 kWh for Ksh 300.

While on the other hand, a consumer under the Domestic Ordinary category will purchase 13.5 kWh for the same amount of Ksh 300. Notice any difference? I know the question that is on your mind right now.

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How can I Join the Domestic Lifeline Tariff?

Let us say that you live in a rental house and you have a large family. At first, it might be a little difficult for you. But first, you need to minimize the electricity consumption in your house that is not necessary.

Next, purchase electrical appliances with low wattage. These appliances include bulbs, radios, irons et.al.

Example:

For instance, your house has 4, 40W bulbs located outside and 8, 18W bulbs inside. This brings us to a total of 12 bulbs with 304W.

However, on the same note, if you purchase energy saver bulbs. 4, 5W outside the house, and 8, 3W bulbs inside the house. This again brings us to a total of 12 bulbs but with 44W only.

What this means is that you have saved a total of 250W for lighting only for the same amount of bulbs.

If your neighbor is using a single 40W bulb and you are using all the 12 bulbs, the electricity consumption will not be that much.

To sum up, if your electricity consumption is less than/greater than 100 units for 3 consecutive months. You will be automatically moved between the two KPLC tariffs.

That is: How you consume power now determines monthly charges.

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