Eskom domestic single phase tariffs: prepayment vs. credit metering

May 11th, 2015, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: Energize, Articles: Vector

 

Domestic electricity users often ask for details of Eskom’s electricity pricing and the options of prepayment vs. credit metering. The summary below prepared by EE Publishers provides the details in a digestible form.

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1. Credit metering

1.1 Homepower 4, with an 80 A 1-phase credit meter:
(typically supplying higher-consumption households with many electrical appliances)
Tariff rates: 0 – 600 kWh: 113,89c/kWh; >600 kWh: 183,13c/kWh; Fixed charge independent of kWh usage: R90/month

1.2 Homelight 60A, with an 80 A 1-phase credit meter (electrification areas only):
(typically supplying suburban higher-usage households in urban areas with a number of electrical appliances, including a geyser)
Tariff rates: 0 – 600 kWh: 107,74c/kWh; >600 kWh: 183,13c/kWh; Fixed charge independent of kWh usage: NIL

2. Prepayment metering

2.1 Homelight 20A, with a 20 A 1-phase prepayment meter:
(typically supplying low-consumption rural and small urban households who only use power for a few electrical appliances)
Tariff rates: 0 – 600 kWh: 97,22c/kWh; >600 kWh: 108,25c/kWh; Fixed charge independent of kWh usage: NIL

2.2 Homelight 60A, with a 60 A 1-phase prepayment meter:
(typically supplying suburban higher-usage households in urban areas with a number of electrical appliances, including a geyser)
Tariff rates: 0 – 600 kWh: 107,74c/kWh; >600 kWh: 183,13c/kWh; Fixed charge independent of kWh usage: NIL

Please click here for full details on Eskom’s current NERSA approved tariffs

Note 1: When opening an Eskom account for an electricity supply, credit meter customers are required to make an upfront deposit equal to their estimated usage for three months, to protect Eskom in case of payment default.

Note 2: The above approved tariff rates are likely to increase shortly as Eskom has applied to NERSA for a further increase for the remainder of its 2015/16 financial year ending 31 March 2016, as well as for the remainder of the multi-year price determination period ending 31 March 2018.

  • Thanks for the info. It makes a good start, but a question arises of how the tariffs vary over different suppliers. It is my impression that each municipality is a law unto itself as regards pricing. For example, the figures shown, which are no doubt correct for Eskom direct customers, do not line up with the tariffs published on the Ekurhuleni website, which gives price details for the credit account pricing, but only provides a pep-talk on the wonders of prepayment, without any corresponding tariff figures.

    • Tony, in addition to about six Eskom distributors, there are 185 municipal distributors in SA each with their own tariffs. I may do a summary of say 3 or 4 of the major distributor domestic tariffs (say Joburg, Durban, Cape Town and PE) if I get the time.