Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — A spike in electricity usage as a result of the record heat wave earlier this month across the northern region, especially Hà Nội, will leave most residents with high electricity bills.
The charge hike was announced by Hà Nội Electricity Company, member of the State-owned Electricity of Việt Nam (EVN), along with detailed data on the monthly usage.
According to the company’s reports, electricity used in the capital city reached an unprecedented high of 400 trillion kWh, much higher than the same period last year.
In June 5 alone, electricity consumption shot to upwards of 77 trillion kWh, up 149 per cent against the same period last year.
EVN Hà Nội attributed this spike to an increased usage of cooling appliances including air conditioners, fans, among others. In weekend, when most factories, companies and State agencies don’t work, the electricity load is borne by households.
In addition, it said, the rate of household consumption accounted for 55 per cent of total output.
EVN urged people to turn off all unnecessary electronic devices, especially during ‘rush hours’ (9h30-11h30 and 17h-22h from Monday to Saturday), and purchase products that were granted energy-saving labels with energy-saving rate accordant with Ministry of Industry and Trade’s standards.
It’s recommended that even during days when outside temperature can reach up to 45-50 Celsius degrees, in households, air conditioners shouldn’t be set to lower than 25 degrees at daytime and 27-28 degrees at night, both to prevent the machine’s overworking and users’ heat shock when having to go out. — VNS