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How to Reduce your Light Bill PHCN Prepaid Meter / Energy Saving Appliances

How to Reduce your Light Bill PHCN Prepaid Meter / Energy Saving Appliances

It is no news that we waste power in Nigeria, and at the end of the month when the bill comes, everybody will be swearing for NEPA Papa, lol!!! I know this for a fact because I and my compound people are sitting cozy on this very table; well let us just say I moved to another table more recently because I don’t like anything that affects my money, if you know, you know dear!

So, you are probably here to know how to stop that small device PHCN gave you from giving you a heart attack, the worst part is that beep the device makes when you have less than 20Kw left, lol!! That is the sound of another premature debit alert looming, constantly checking the hand held meter, rostering your appliances on-time, yet your 100Kw cannot cross 4 days and by end of the month you won’t have enough liver to calculate what you have spent on Power, as per what you don’t calculate cant kee you.

Knowledge is no longer  power, Knowledge is Money and Smart Spending, First of all, you must know that you can reduce your power consumption by 40-50% simply by auditing all your electronics, cutting off the high consumption appliances or switching to less power consuming alternatives.

The biggest energy consumers are mostly the appliances we tend to ignore; you see that hot plate you use to cook beans every Saturday, that hot plate will stain your white at the end of the month, because they usually consume 1000w or more, and beans cannot be sweet if it’s not soft, so why not switch to your gas cylinder and enjoy your meal at a cheaper cost, na food you wan chop, you nor kee person.

Your pressing iron, smoothie blender of 1500-3000w, microwave, electric kettle, Chest Freezer could be a liability in your home, but let us be honest, these appliances make our everyday life easier, in fact they are a necessary evil as we most of the time won’t be happy not using them, they define our lifestyle and comfort,  and if you are an “appliance junkie” like me, you probably already realized that you are truly running a mini-factory in your home just like it reflects in your Monthly Light Bill.

Over the years, we have seen the rise of Energy Saving Electrical Appliances in the Nigerian Market, prior to now I have always wondered why should I buy an appliance at 20% higher than its alternative because it is described as “Energy Saving”, “Inverter Compressor “, “Inverter Technology “ or  “Smart”, well let us say I know better now. Buying Energy Saving is less costly in the long run; typical example of the English idiom “penny wise pounds foolish”. These days, before purchasing any electrical appliance, the first thing I check is the Wattage, this overrides the aesthetic feature of the product, and you really cannot blame me because what is the point of buying something that I cannot use with my full chest ??

Below is a Power consumption chart  of your domestic appliances and how they impact the units on your Prepaid power Meter.


Appliance
Type/ Size

Appliance

Power

Rating (Watt)

Rated

Current

(Amperes)

No. of Hours to consume

1 unit of Electricity 1kw/h

(Hours)

Pressing Iron
Dry Iron / Steam Iron
1200 / 2000
5.22 / 8.70
0.83 / 0.5
Bread Toaster
Small/ Medium/ Large
750/ 1000/ 1500
3.26/ 4.35. 6.09
1.33/ 1.00 / 0.71
Electric Kettle
 Small/ Medium
1850/2200
8.04/ 9.57
0.54 / 0.45
Blender
Medium
450
1.96
2.22
Microwave
Medium
900
3.91
1.11
Water Heater
50litre/ 100 Litre
1500/ 3000
6.51 / 13.04
0.67/ 0.33
Cooker
1plate/ 2 plate/ 4 plate
1500/ 2500/4500
6.52/ 10.87/ 19.57
0.67/ 0.40/ 0.22
cooker + Oven

3300
14.35
0.30
Fan
Table/ Standing / Ceiling
40/70/85
0.17/0.30/0.37
25.00/ 14.29 / 11.76
Appliance
type/ Size

Appliance

Power

Rating (Watt)

Rated

Current

(Amperes)


No. of Hours to consume


1 unit of Electricity 1kw/h

(Hours)

Refrigerator
Small
80
0.35
12.5

Medium
100
0.43
10.00

Large
140
0.61
7.14
Air conditioner
1hp/1.5hp/2hp
746/1119/1492
3.24 /4.87 /6.49
1.34/ 0.89 / 0.67
Television

100w/ 300w
0.43 / 1.30
10.00/ 3.33
Water Pump
1hp/ 1.5hp
746/ 1119
3.24/ 4.87
1.34 / 0.89
Washing machine
wash/ Spin/ dry
300/ 600/ 2100
2.61/ 90.13
3.0/ 1.67 / 0.48
Tungsten Filament Bulb

60
0.26
16.67
Energy Saving Bulb

15
0.07
66.67

Cited: Ikeja Electric 2021


From the chart, we can see a 15w energy-saving electric bulb will consume 1 unit of Kw in about 2 days and 18 hours, while the 60w Tungsten Filament Bulb will consume 1 unit of Kw in about 16 hours, it is  time to throw out all your 60w and 100w bulbs, they are enemy of your progress.

Just like an inverter chest freezer will consume less than 1kw/h/24h, you achieve the same results at a lesser cost, there are many energy saving alternatives for you to choose from fan, microwave, freezers, refrigerator, washing machine, air conditioner e.t.c, See our Energy-saving Appliances.

Spend smart!


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