In his interview with the regular Kabalaka Program of Governor Esteban Evan B. Contreras via live broadcast in a social media platform, General Manager Engr. Edgar D. Diaz explained and shed light on the unusual increases in the household electric consumption.
Accordingly, member-consumer-owners (MCOs) are quite unconscious of the prolonged usage of appliances in the light of the “stay at home” campaign when Capiz was placed under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). Historically, household electric consumption also increases because of the extended use of household appliances due to the summer heat. The increases of electric consumption are undeniable because the actual usages are all reflected in the kilowatt meters of each MCOs.
He cited an example of the use of a 1 Horsepower air-conditioning unit with an equivalent capacity of 0.746 kilowatt hour and which its prolonged use results to higher consumption as illustrated below;
This is also true to the extended use of all other appliances such as electric fans, televisions, computers and the like because all members of the family are staying at home and trying to find worthwhile activity to pass their time. Its uses are further aggravated by the extremely hot weather during the months of March and April which has historical basis with reference to household consumptions of the same period in the previous years.
To further reinforce the assumptions of higher household consumptions, Engr. Diaz presented the daily load curve indicating a comparative uses of electricity before and during the ECQ. It can be noted that there is a marked increase of consumption during ECQ between 1:00 am to 7:00 am and 10:00 pm to 12:00 pm --- a period where usage are mostly residential considering businesses are close. The period between 8:00 am to 9:00 pm, there was no significant drop in the consumption even when commercial and big load consumers are either close or not operational. The loading is this period seems to have shifted from commercial/industrial to household use.
In addition to household extended use of electric appliances, Engr. Edgar D. Diaz explained that there is longer reading period in the month of April. The issuance of the Governor’s Executive Order No. 12, Series of 2020 on March 25, 2020 prompted CAPELCO to establish skeletal force among its personnel and with the protocol of social distancing, meter readers were advised to keep limit its contact with the MCOs. The meter reading activity usually done between April 3 to 13 took place between April 13 to 22 resulting to an additional 9 days. (RTC/SJVD)