The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has approved a significant Rs7.50 hike per unit in power tariff, which is expected to put a heavy burden on electricity bills. This decision was taken in response to the government’s request to increase the basic power tariff. The new tariff is set to be applicable from July 1, pending notification from the federal government after NEPRA’s approval. However, lifeline customers will be exempted from this increase in electricity prices.

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The impact of this tariff hike is particularly concerning for the people of Karachi, who are already struggling with the burden of numerous bills. With the average tariff rising from Rs22.59 to Rs29.36, households consuming up to 300 units will see their average tariff reach Rs50 after adding taxes. For those using up to 700 units, the tariff will exceed Rs60 with the inclusion of taxes and surcharges.

However, the government estimates that this increase in the basic tariff will generate a revenue of Rs600 billion. Peak hour tariff will also witness an increase of Rs6 per unit.

For domestic consumers, the new rates will be as follows:

  • Up to 100 units per month: Rs3 per unit
  • Between 101 and 200 units per month: Rs4 per unit
  • Between 201 and 300 units per month: Rs5 per unit
  • Between 301 and 400 units per month: Rs6.50 per unit
  • Between 401 and 700 units per month: Rs7.50 per unit and above.

How To Cope?  

To lower electricity bills and cope with the recent tariff hike in Karachi, residents can adopt various strategies to conserve electricity. Firstly, they can be mindful of their energy consumption by turning off lights, fans, and electronic devices when not in use.

Utilizing energy-efficient appliances and bulbs can significantly reduce power consumption. Additionally, optimizing the use of air conditioners by setting them at moderate temperatures and maintaining proper insulation can save energy.

Residents can form a habit of unplugging chargers and appliances when fully charged or not in use. By adopting such simple yet effective practices, the people of Karachi can make a meaningful impact on their electricity usage and contribute to a more sustainable and cost-effective future because this tariff hike is likely to impact the cost of living for many households, and people are encouraged to calculate their bills accordingly to prepare for the changes ahead.

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