Electricity Bill: An insight upon the details it gives
Today electricity has become the inseparable expensive part of residential/commercial/industrial development. It is as much essential as air, water, food, shelter. In today’s world we can’t imagine the society living without electricity. With the invention of electricity the technological advancements are rising in order to ease the living. We will not go into the details for the benefits of the ELECTRICITY rather we will focus on the commercial part of its consumption.
This benefit is associated with the expense/cost we need to pay along with it’s consumption. Generally the ENERGY COST is around 7-8% if the total budget. This is the compulsive cost which is required to be paid periodically without any delays and negotiations. Although, this can be reduced/optimized if we are able to analyze our consumption and monitor the consumption regularly. For the sake of the purpose in this section we will discuss the relevant information that can be obtained from the ELECTRICITY BILL. Let us discuss the same in brief in the section that follows:
Any electricity bill contains the following elements:
- Identification of the consumer: This section is generally given at the top of your bill with the name, address, connection number, total sanctioned load in order to identify the consumer.
- Electrical Metering: This contains the difference of the readings obtained from the department meter for the fixed period of the time which can also be termed as billing cycle. It further contains the following information:
- kWh: Real Power: this is the actual consumption of the electricity.
- kVAH: Apparent Power: this is the total power supplied to the mains and it includes the real power along with the operational losses n the form of heat/magnetic field, etc. (for details please have a look at the article “Effect of power factor on Electricity Bill”)
- PF: Power Factor: Power factor is ratio of net power used by us for work (actual power) to the total power supplied to mains (apparent power). Numerically power factor(i) = KWH/KVAH
- Demand: It is the average instantaneous real power consumption over a fixed interval of time and can be expressed in kW or MW. It is significant because this factor is mainly responsible for deciding the capacity of transformers, sub-stations, generating stations, transmission lines. Generally the Industrial consumer has to pay 40% or more as the fixed demand charges or the penalty due to overshooting of the maximum demand sanctioned.
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