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Why is your MERALCO bill higher than usual?

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Is your monthly electric bill with Meralco higher than what you normally pay it for? 

With the recent lockdown that caused many disruptions in the society, particularly the forcing of workforce members to stay at home, it comes as a perplexing case how households are expected to pay for a monthly bill—let alone one that is seemingly more expensive than usual.

UPDATE as of 10:17AM, May 15: MERALCO clarified that the previous March and April billings were computed on the average consumption of the preceding months before the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

MERALCO says January to March are considered ‘low consumption’ and electricity consumption usually spike during summer. That’s on top of the current ECQ which forced everybody to stay at home and resulted to higher appliances usage.

To sum it up, the new May 2020 bill reflects the actual consumption of consumers plus the adjustments for both March and April included. This is the main reason why MERALCO customers got way higher electric bills this month.

To some of the active subscribers of Meralco’s service, things did happen just that.

In a bid to clarify the issue on the suspicion of some, particularly the affected, that it’s a form of profiteering, Meralco sent out a statement explaining what took place.

First off is the issue of the meter reading having been temporarily suspended amidst an ongoing crisis. With the need to charge people for their energy consumption for the months of March and April to cover operational cost rendered, Meralco had to resort to using the kilowatt consumption averaging

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This means that, while people had to pay a likeable amount for the months of March and April, the expenses charged is merely an estimate and, therefore, were subject to adjustments in later months. 

Another problem is the fact that, since people are cooped up in their homes, every household’s utilization of energy has also significantly increased. This means that during the lockdown, many families have been spending more time in front of the computer, TV, or other means of electronic entertainment.

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A plausible reason of the story is also the trouble that comes with the current season—summer. Essentially in the midst of summer’s heat, another cause of the boosted energy consumption comes from cooling appliances, such as the refrigerator, electric fan, or air-conditioner.

To know your eletricity charges for the month, you can check it using the MERALCO mobile app.

In the comments section of James Deakin’s Facebook post, a lot of Meralco customers are complaining. Most of them showing 2x to 3x increase in electricity costs.

We're getting sent a ton of stuff about erratic electricity bills. Obviously consumption is higher when you're home…

Posted by James Deakin on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

See also: How to view and download MERALCO bills online

Yet, while seemingly justifiable, there are some consumers who were disgruntled due to an “unbelievable” expense that comes with their May billing.

One complainer showed a chart that shows his entire kilowatt consumption of energy since September 2019 until May 2020. It saw the latter having a massive spike, by many times fold, from any of the almost consistent previous data.

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Another customer even commented how his May 2020 kilowatt consumption has skyrocketed, it seemingly “exceeded” the maximum capacity in the given chart.

There’s also a random commenter on social media who moaned over his ridiculous monthly bill for May, despite having a set of “inverter-type” appliances at home.

Is this normal or is there something wrong with MERALCO’s billing? For now, all we can do is wait for further explanation from the electric company.

Anybody else got the weird spike?

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  1. Yes lugi kami nagtipid kami bumaba na sa 2700 bill from 6000 or 7000 pero nung inaverage naging 4700 lugi kami kasi nagtipid ulit kami DAPAT DI KAYO NAG AAVERAGE NAPAKA TALINO NYO NAGKAPERA PA KAYO

  2. My electric bill for May 2020 has also doubled, and this is my analysis for this huge spike.
    Last meter reading was on March 12, 2020. Then came April 12, 2020, no meter reading was made due to ECQ but I was billed for 222KWH which is my average consumption for the last 3 months (Jan-Mar 2020). On May 12, 2020, actual reading was done, and I ask the meter reader what was my consumption. He said “568 KWH po kasi 2 months yan”. Understood.

    So eto ang intindi ko:

    Meter register as of May 12, 2020 minus last reading on March 12 = 568KWH. Ibig sabihin, yung 568KWH ay konsumo ko from March 13 until May 12, 2020, (kasama ang April 2020). You already billed me in April 2020 and paid it also in April 2020. Unfortunately, my May 2020 billing statement reflects the entire 568KWh consumption. Di ba dapat ibawas niyo ang April billed consumption from your last meter reading?

    Yan po ang reason bakit nag doble ang electric bill natin. Yung April 2020 hindi na-deduct.

  3. I have the same sentiment with Ms. Alonzo. Your online billing is not clearly itemized so that your cistomers will know what you are charging. I am billed at 528kwh resulting in the of 5400 plus. We are only 2 inthe family and as compared to last years bill our highest is only at 3t.

  4. bullshit.. kalokohan ung bill ng meralco sinasamantala pandemic. ung bill nmin sa meralco pang 6 na buwang konsumo pano mo papaliwanag yan?

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