Meralco says the increase is primarily due to an increase in generation charges, and the completion of a distribution-related refund.
Generation charges went up by P0.3316 to P7.1291 from P6.7975 per kWh in December 2022.
Two (2) ongoing refunds totaling P1.0579 per kWh for residential customers are still being implemented by Meralco and continue to temper customers’ monthly bills. These refunds will be completed by January 2023 and May 2023, and the impact will be felt in the succeeding billing periods—February 2023 and June 2023 respectively.
Tips to save on electricity at home
Here are some tips from Meralco on how you can better manage your electricity consumption:
1. Unplug appliances when not in use.
2. Do not overfill your refrigerators. Use one that’s right for your needs. Here's a list of the best inverter refrigerators, according to moms.
3. Have a regular cleaning of air conditioner filters. You might also want to explore these air coolers instead.
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4. Use LED bulbs for cost-saving lighting. If you haven't replaced all your bulbs to LED, then this is the best time to do so.
If you experience any power outages and other concerns, you may report them to Meralco through its official social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter. You may also text your concerns to 0920-9716211 or 0917-5516211 or contact the Meralco Hotline at 16211 and 8631-1111.
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