Kwame Atuah Patrick writes…..
A household is a single or a group of persons who eat from the same pot and sleep under the same roof or shed
The new Electricity Meters that have been introduced by the ECG comes with so many benefits to the consumer, but like any other policy it will take some time before consumers begin to appreciate the importance of these meters.
Moreover, for a consumer to really appreciate that these new meters are the best for our system, that particular person must own a meter himself.
The main reason I will forever prefer this new meters to the old ones is the fact that it is able to influence consumers to be electricity conscious.
The problem of these meters have been abnormal charges not higher electricity bills.
For example if you are paying an average bill of GH 100 a month and just in one month it shoots to GH 500 when you yourself have not added any additional electrical gadgets to your belongings, then it is abnormal charges or billing but not an increase in electricity bills. You are required to send your receipts to any ECG office near you for the correction.
On the other hand if your meter has no fault, then my brother you have the opportunity to reduce your electricity bills since with these new meters the consumer decides on how much he wants to spend on electricity.
At the introduction stage of these meters there were so many challenges, but for some time now people are beginning to see the positive impact of the meters.
For example I have a friend who was using postpaid meter and was paying an average of 300 cedis a month as electricity bill, the day a prepaid meter was installed in his house he called me in the evening on phone and was lambasting the President that he cares nothing about Ghanaians.
Just yesterday I had a call from him and he said, man am sorry for insulting you and your President, masa!! the meter is good ooooo!! can u imaging I can buy 100 cedis and manage it for the whole month? and I replied to him, thank God you are now conversing.
There are several testimonies to that effect I know for sure.
I suggests that government as soon as possible make Meters available to every household, especially the compound houses for that is the only way to make people feel the benefits of the meters.
Again the difficulty in acquiring a new meter must also be worked on.
I also suggests that if possible the cost of acquiring a new meter should not be above 100 cedis.
Comrades, every household must have a meter and all the brouhaha surrounding it will be over.
Have you noticed any good thing about these meters?