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Utility firm Manila Electric Company (Meralco) said that electric bills for the month of May may see a slight uptick.

“This is a result of the completion of the refund of over-recovery in pass-through charges,” Meralco said.

Meralco said the overall rate for a typical household increased by P0.1853 per kWh, from last month’s P8.4067 to P8.5920 per kWh or equivalent to P37 for residential customer consuming 200 kWh per month.

“But, this month’s overall rate is still lower than last year’s rate by P0.1548 per kWh,” it added.

The power firm explained that aside from P13.9 billion over-recovery on pass-through refund, the May rate increase was caused by a slight increases in the Generation Charge to about P0.0104 per kWh from last month’s P4.5370
per kWh and movements of other charges like transmission while taxes and other charges registered a net increase of P0.0816 per kWh.

Collection of the Universal Charge-Environmental Charge amounting to P0.0025 per kWh remains suspended, as directed by the ERC, it said.

Meanwhile, Meralco continues to urge the public for more energy efficiency as historically, the dry/hot season may bring an increase in residential electricity consumption by 10-40 percent versus average consumption during the cool months of January and February.

As temperature increases, appliances that have compressors, like air conditioners or refrigerators, will have to work harder. Electric fans are also used longer than usual, and often at “high” setting to beat the scorching heat.

Meralco FVP and Chief Commercial Officer Ferdinand Geluz said “this summer, you have the power, as Meralco encourages its customers to continue practicing energy efficiency initiatives at home to be ready in managing their consumption.”

Geluz added “these simple everyday activities include cleaning your air con filters every 2 weeks to ensure optimal performance, setting your aircon’s thermostat to 25 degrees Celsius to maximize efficiency, making sure
you use the right aircon size for your room,  making sure your refrigerator’s air vents are not blocked to keep its compressor from working harder, unplugging appliances when not in use to avoid phantom load, using a power strip to make it easier and more convenient to turn appliances off simultaneously with just one switch, and
maximizing natural light during daytime

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