As a Nigerian resident, you are probably no stranger to either dark and rainy days or a complete power outage due to the weather. Unfortunately, the rains within these last few months of the year always return with a vengeance after the ‘August Break’. At a time when people are trying to stay home to curb the spread of COVID-19, many Nigerians are left wondering how to keep their lights on.
Nonstop rain in some regions – particularly the south-south region – has laid the groundwork for an unusually severe flood season. The heavy and continuous rain has also triggered continuous blackouts. This year, the global pandemic had put millions of businesses and corporations in jeopardy, forcing everyone to stay indoors and; thus, increasing the daily demand for electricity. With a national grid which is still unable to reach a plausible percentage of power demand for the nation, a lot of Nigerians are forced to depend on generators for electricity.
But what happens now with the hike in pump price and electricity?
On the 1st of September 2020 the increase in electricity tariffs took effect and just a day later, the increase in pump price took effect. Petrol now sells at 151.56 naira per liter while Diesel and Kerosene sell at 160 naira per liter. The consistent rise in price of petrol and the new extra tariffs on electricity go in sharp contrast with personal savings and general welfare of citizens.
What really can be done in these times to reduce energy consumption and to make your money go further?
These are a few guidelines to help you these times. It is very important to practice these small steps till they become habits. You will start to notice a change in your utility bill almost immediately.
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