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Saving Yesterday For Tomorrow
  1. Ngai C O says:


    It is = 27+ cents per unit or = 15+ cents per day or = to using a 1,000 watt appliance running continuously for 17 hours.

    My small rice cooker for 3 portions for example, uses 300 watts for half hour to cook the rice. If I cook twice daily, it would consume 0.3 kwh. and cost 8.1 cents.

    A power hungry air conditioner of 1.5 horse power (1118.55 watts) in 1977 for a small room running for to 7 to 8 hours per night would probably have used up the units in 4 nights.

    So I would assume the electricity used was mainly for lighting, a small fridge, some fans and a rice cooker and maybe a kettle for ocassional use Most likely lighting would be fluorescent rather than incandescent or a combination.

    The current domestic electricity tariff for the first 200 units is about 22 cents. I am not sure whether subsidy has been deducted.

  2. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Dear felicia

    Thanks for posting this interesting artifact. I noticed a number of things.

    Most obvious, the provider — KED — seems to offer five different rates for electricity and is charging Madam Koo the second-highest rate. I wonder if the five rates are explained to her (perhaps on the reverse, but I doubt it).

    Second, the bill is post-marked July 26 and Madam Koo has only until August 4 to pay it; and if she fails to do so, the penalty is not merely an additional fee: they threaten to disconnect the supply of electricity! That seems harsh, and the grace period is less than two weeks. What is it like today?

    Also, I see that the bill uses a mix of “old spelling” and ejaan baru, plus a translation is provided, but only an English one.

  3. Ngai C O says:


    Would people say the electricity tariff in Malaysia is cheap?

    The first 200 units at 21.80 cents per month works out to 43.60 ringgit or 6.66 kwh power comsumption per day at a cost of 1.45 ringgit/day.
    Based on this calculation, I personally think it is very reasonable.

    But this price advantage would not be forever as energy gets more and more costly.

    The current focus is very much into seeking ways to reduce energy consumption and one of the drives is to produce more energy efficient appliances and products.

    Take for example my ex 25 year old fridge/freezer. I calculated that it used to consume about about 10 times the electricity of my new fridge freezer of similar size in a year. In other words, the new appliance saved me nine tenths of the electricity cost per year.

    I have changed all my lighting to led and switch appliances off rather than leave them on standby when not in use.

    My electricity bill has gone down by at least a quarter to a fifth.

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