Electricity bills getting lighter

(Jamaica Observer) THE Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) says its customers will see yet another reduction in bills this month, as the light and power company continues to pass on savings from falling fuel prices.

“This month, customers will see a 4.12 per cent decrease in bills as the Fuel & IPP Charge on bills for January is $10.67 per kilowatt hour (kWh), compared to the charge of $11.83 per kWh applied to December bills. This is the lowest Fuel & IPP Charge since 2005. The total cost per kWh of electricity now stands at 21 US cents or J$25.29, for residential customers,” the JPS said in a release yesterday.

It added: “Therefore, a customer who consistently uses 165 kWh per month will be paying $182.55 less for his bill this month, compared to what he paid last month. This customer will pay $4,252.41 for the 165 kWh of electricity used, as against the $4,434.96 that was paid in December 2015 for the same usage.”

According to the JPS, it has not only passed on savings from the fall in the price of oil on the world market, but has improved efficiencies in the company’s operations.

At the same time, the company has urged customers to use energy wisely, as the final bill amount depends on how much energy is used.

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