Visayan Electric residential consumers will experience a decrease of P0.38 per kWh for their May to June billing due to lower coal prices and transmission charges.

The decrease brings the current rate from the previous P14.25/kWh to P13.87/kWh. This means that an average household that consumes at least 200 kWh per month will save P76.00 in their next bill.

Despite the decrease in residential rates for the billing month of May – June, the electric utility advises its customers to continue conserving electricity following the announcement of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) of an 80 percent probability of an El Niño happening by June, which may persist until the first quarter
of 2024.

Historical data reveals that temperature is one of the main reasons for increases in the use of electricity, and as a result, an increase in the demand for power. Whenever the temperature is hot, especially during the dry season, consumers tend to use their cooling appliances more.

Visayan Electric President and Chief Operating Officer Raul C. Lucero stresses the importance of saving electricity, especially during the dry season or when temperatures are high.

“At the start of the dry season, we saw an increase in demand for electricity. With the El Niño looming, it is expected that temperatures might continue to rise and that is why it is very important for us to be mindful of our electricity consumption and save electricity as much as we can,” the executive said.

Among the ways to conserve electricity is to unplug appliances that are not being used, turn off lights and use natural light whenever possible, and make sure that cooling appliances such as air conditioners and electric fans are well maintained to ensure energy efficiency. |via PR