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How to reduce your electricity bills in Kenya

With the rising cost of electricity, currently around Ksh 33 per kWh, learning how to reduce your electricity bills in Kenya is important. Solar lights have emerged as a frontrunner, promising significant savings on electricity bills. But just how much can you save by making the switch?

With the rising cost of electricity, currently around Ksh 33 per kWh, learning how to reduce your electricity bills in Kenya is important
How to reduce your electricity bills in Kenya

Understanding Your Consumption is Key

Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. The amount you save depends on several factors, including:

  • Traditional Lighting Usage: How many traditional outdoor lights do you currently use, and for how long each night?

Calculating Potential Savings: A Step-by-Step Approach

However, we can estimate your potential savings by following these steps:

  1. Track Your Lighting Usage: Firstly, monitor your traditional outdoor lighting usage for a representative period (e.g., a week). Calculate the total wattage of your lights and multiply it by the number of hours you use them each night. This will give you your nightly Watt-hours (Wh) consumption.
  2. Estimate Solar Light Performance: Secondly, research the average daily Watt-hours your chosen solar lights can provide based on their specifications and Kenya’s average sunlight hours.
  3. Calculate Nightly Savings: Thirdly, compare your traditional lighting’s nightly Wh consumption to the estimated Wh output of your solar lights. The difference represents the potential nightly Wh you can save by switching to solar.
  4. Extrapolate Annual Savings: Multiply your nightly Wh savings by the number of nights per year to estimate your annual Wh savings.
  5. Convert Wh to Ksh savings: Lastly, divide your annual Wh savings by 1000 (to convert Wh to kWh) and then multiply by Ksh 33 (the electricity cost per kWh) to estimate your annual cost savings.

Example Scenario:

Let’s say you use;

Outdoor Lights:

Total wattage: 5 lights * 100W/light = 500W

Daily usage: 500W * 8 hours/day = 4000 Wh (Watt-hours)

Indoor Lights:

Total wattage: 4 lights * 60W/light = 240W

Daily usage: 240W * 5 hours/day = 1200 Wh

Daily Lighting Consumption:

Combining indoor and outdoor usage, your daily lighting consumption is 4000 Wh (outdoor) + 1200 Wh (indoor) = 5200 Wh.

Monthly Lighting Costs:

Assuming you use this lighting pattern throughout the month (30 days), your monthly lighting consumption is 5.2 kWh/day * 30 days = 156 kWh.

Now, let’s factor in the electricity cost: 156 kWh * Ksh 33/kWh = Ksh 5148. This translates to a significant portion of your Ksh 7,800 monthly electricity bill!

Remember, this is just an example. Your actual savings may be higher

Beyond the Numbers: Additional Benefits of Solar Lights

While cost savings are a major advantage, solar lights offer even more:

  • Reduced Environmental Impact: By harnessing clean solar energy, you contribute to a greener future.
  • Long Lifespan: Solar panels and LED lights boast impressive lifespans, minimizing replacements.
  • Low Maintenance: Once installed, solar lights require minimal maintenance.

Making the Switch to Solar

By calculating your potential savings and considering the additional benefits, you can make an informed decision about switching to solar lights. Embrace a sustainable future and potentially slash your electricity bills – all thanks to the power of the sun! Check out our solar lights here.

The Power of Solar: Lighting Your Way to Savings

While the initial investment in solar lights exists, the potential for significant cost savings over time is undeniable. In conclusion, by harnessing the power of the sun, you can reduce your reliance on the national grid, minimize your electricity bill, and contribute to a more sustainable future.