As I write this post Iâ€™ve already resolved to pay my electricity bill so this is not a hit out at Kenya Power. Accept and move on. Isnâ€™t that our national motto?
Anyways, part of my end month ritual goes something like; receive salary, get excited (YOLO et all) then realize you have rent and bills to pay. At this point your excitement is like a Buggatti slowing to a stop after its final lap on the NÃ¼rburgring.
After settling my rent for February I decided to pay my electricity bill knowing that my laptop and little electric equipment would incur the 300-400 bill I am used to. I guess Njaanuary decided to follow me into this love month as I got the shock that my bill had decided to multiply like fish and bread before Jesus. 3000 effing bob! Yes, this is more than the amount of money Iâ€™ve pain in electricity bills since I moved out of home last year. And all in one month!
Thank God for twitter and the good people at KPLC Care, I decided to inquire as to how this amount came about so I could at least pay the bill with no doubts in mind.
So hereâ€™s what Iâ€™ve learned in the last 24 hours.
First things first, it is all your fault so what you will be told to do is to read on electronicâ€™s safety as was shared to me on the links here and here.
Second thing I learned is that the more units you spend the higher the rate will be used to charge you (thought it was meant to be the reverse.
Ksh 2.50 per Unit for 0-50 Units , Ksh. 13.68 per Unit for 51-1,500 Units,1501 units and above Ksh. 21.57 per Unit.
Third thing I learned, which is the most important, please check your metre reading from time to time so you can know how many units youâ€™ve spent. As of now I canâ€™t dispute what reading I get as I didnâ€™t take the initiative to check the my readings. ( Tied to the first lesson).
Lastly, at the end of the day you will have to pay this excessive bill to avoid being disconnected so please live by the countryâ€™s principle and accept and move on even if you feel robbed.
FYI, I don’t know how this is meant to increase our trust in these institutions.
Iâ€™ve been told to explore the possibility that someone tapped their bill to my metre so maybe there will be a part two to this article.