Electricity Saving Tips For Homes And Offices

Online Electricity Bill Calculator – For all states in India

By on August 7, 2017

For most of us, electricity bill is needed just to check the final amount and make the payment. We at Bijli Bachao asked a lot of our acquaintances about how much they understand their electricity bills, and we found hardly a handful who did understand it. And in spite of understanding the bills, not many knew how much they are spending per unit (or 1 kWh) of electricity.

It is very important to know the per-unit cost of electricity as it helps us in understanding how much we are spending per appliance at our home. It is important to understand the monetary impact of any electricity efficiency measure we take. It is also important to understand various components of electricity bills and what is their contribution to the total electricity bill. In a bid to help people understand the same, we have created this online electricity bill calculator that will help people understand how much they spend on various appliances every month and how they can save by doing various activities. Please make sure that you read about the calculator below before using it.


Please note that this tool currently works only for domestic tariffs.

Enter the information below from your electricity bill

Links to check latest per unit electricity rates in various states in India

Click on this link: Domestic Electricity LT Tariff Slabs and Rates for all states in India in 2014

Steps to use the tool:

1) Select Utility: Once you login, the first thing you need to do is select utility. Select your state, district and utility and the system saves your information for the user session automatically.

2) Enter Units: Enter this value as shown on your electricity bill. This shows up as units consumed.

3) Select Phase: Select if you have a three phase connection or single phase connection. This information is also available on the electricity bill.

4) Connected Load: It is decided by the utility based on appliances you have at your home, please see our article on connected load to get more details.. It is also mentioned as sanctioned load, load, connected load, or approved load. If the load mentioned is in Watts (it is a number is 100s or 1000s) then divide it by 1000 and enter it.

This calculator will help you:

1) Understand various components of your electricity bills.

2) Understand how much you are paying per unit (1 kWh) of electricity bill.

3) Understand how much you spend on various appliances like lights , air conditioner , refrigerator ,  tubelight , computer , set top box , fan , etc. Please note that we have taken approximate usage of these appliances based on how it is used normally in houses. Actual amount may vary as per your use. The values are just a representation.

4) Understand savings if you switch from inefficient to efficient appliances. Even these values are approximation based on general usage. We are in process of building tools to help you get to better values as per your consumption in future.

The tool has been built with latest tariff data available from all the state electricity boards in India and has maximum information as available on internet and through our contacts who helped us with sample electricity bills from various states. Certain values have been rounded to have better readability and so it may not match exactly to your electricity bills but will be very close.

The tool covers following bill components:

1) Energy Charge: This is the per unit electricity charge that you pay on your bill. It is mostly defined slab wise and the cost increases as units on electricity bill increases.

2) Fixed Charge: This is mostly dependent on the connected load that the utility provides you. Connected load is typically calculated as sum of wattage of all the appliances that you have at your home. The utility allocates this much amount of electricity for your home and that is why the fixed charge is applicable.

3) Electricity Duty & Tax: This is the government tax for using electricity. Duty is applicable per unit of electricity consumption and tax is applied on the whole bill amount.

4) Meter Rent: Rent that you pay for having meter at your home. Rates are different for single phase and three phase connections.

5) Wheeling Charge: The tool also helps you find out how your bill gets impacted if you move from Reliance Energy to Tata Power in Mumbai. Wheeling charges are applicable for the switchover.

6) Minimum Monthly Charges: In some states if the consumption is less than a certain amount, minimum monthly charges are applicable, which means that the bill amount cannot be less than minimum monthly charges.

The tool does not cover following elements:

1) FAC (Fuel adjustment charge) or FCA (fuel cost adjustment) or FPPCA (Fuel and Power Purchase Cost Adjustment): This is the amount which utilities apply on bills based on varying price of fuel or Coal. Every month this value is different and is derived based on the current cost of Coal. Typically this a few paise per unit.

2) Arrears/Interest and Other Charges: If your electricity bill has old payment pending and interest on the same, or any other charges, then those will not match from the output of the tool to your electricity bill.

Check this video to make it easier to understand basic terms used for Electricity:



Also check this video that can help you understand how many units your appliances are consuming:



The tool currently in beta stage works only for:

domestic LT (Low Transmission) connections with a connected load between 0 and 20 kW and has been validated for following states: Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, New Delhi , Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. It also contains information for following states but has not been validated: Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Sikkim, Tripura and West Bengal. Please feel free to play around with the tool and provide feedback to [email protected]

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Siwan me per unit Bijli bill kya hai kitna unit per rate badhta hai


Aap saare states ke rate hamari website ke is link par dekh sakte hain: http://bgli.in/ju2Y7


Fix charge rates of uttar haryan bijli nigam in industry


इंडस्ट्रीज में फिक्स चार्ज के क्या रेट है किलोवाट में और यह फिक्स चार्ज कैसे निकाला जाता है

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

बिजली बचाओ वेबसाइट पर हम इंडस्ट्रीज पर focus नहीं करते हैं और इसी लिए हमने इंडस्ट्रीज का डाटा निकाल कर analyze नहीं किया है।


Unit per domestic area in punjab


Crossed 100 units how to calculate

Judhisthir Mohapatra



mai ek gramin ka rahne wala hu mere yha hamesha bijli ki problem bani rahti hai yha ka jo J.I. hai wo kisi ki nhi sunta chahe wo chife ministar kahe na ho jada koi kahta hai to kisika bhi phone hi nhi udhayega samne mile to kahega yaha nhi office ana aur jab office jawo to kahta hai ki abhi mere pass time nhi hai kahte kal ana ab batawo ki kha jaye koi
samasya yah hai ki hamare yha ek transformar hai 25 kb ka aur conection jada ho gye hai isse aye din kharab ho jata hai bina paise liye koi kuch nhi karta jab phone kro to sunta bhi nhi hai

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

aap kaun se state se hain? Aur aapki bijli vitaran company kaun si hai?


How do you calculate Regulatory Surcharge and Energy Tax in Madhyanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Ltd. , Lucknow, U.P. ?




Hi Abhishek, Thanks a lot for coming up with such an amazing website, You are really helping the environment a lot, I bow down to your efforts. I read lots of articles on your website in past few days and amazed that we knows very less about saving electricity and always go for cheaper product which can be more costly in long run. I have recently bought a new 3 BHK flat and going to buy all new appliances for it. I need your help to estimate my monthly electricity budget and verify if I have selected correct appliances as far as electricity savings is concerned.
City: Gurugram, Haryana
Apt Size: 1725 SqFt
Living (15 x 12 = 180 SqFt): One 1.5 Ton AC (Diakin JTKM50SRV16 ); One Superfan V1; One 50" LED TV; Lights (Six 9 Watt LED's)
Dining (13 x 16 = 208 SqFt): One 345 Letar Refrigerator (SAMSUNG RT37M3445S8/H); One Superfan V1; Lights (Ten 9 Watt LED's)
Master Bed (15 x 11 = 165 SqFt): One 1.5 Ton AC (Diakin JTKM50SRV16 ); One Superfan V1; One 40" LED TV; Lights (Six 9 Watt LED's)
Bed 2 (13 x 10 = 130 SqFt): One 1 Ton AC (Diakin JTKM35SRV16); One Superfan V1; One 32" LED TV; Lights (Six 9 Watt LED's)
Bed 3 (13 x 10 = 130 SqFt): One 1 Ton AC (Diakin JTKM35SRV16); One Superfan V1; One 32" LED TV; Lights (Six 9 Watt LED's)
Three Bathroom: Three Reconnect RHWHE1502 Geyser; Lights (Six 9 Watt LED's); 3 Exaust Fan (Not Sure which one to buy, Please suggest)
Kitchen: One Instant Geyser; One Chimney; One Microwave; Lights (Six 9 Watt LED's)
Four Balcony: Four small fan (Not Sure which one to buy, Please suggest); Lights (Four 9 Watt LED's)

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Amit,

The appliances that you have chosen are fantastic. Just make sure that the environment is not corrosive near your house (typically people in Noida face a lot of corrossion issues). In case of corrosion, inverter ACs can give problems. I have heard issues from Noida but not from Gurugram, but just make sure that it is not the case. Otherwise everything looks fantastic. Currently there i no energy efficient brand for exhaust and small fans, but Atomberg (another good company for energy efficient Gorilla fans) is coming out with options soon. But otherwise, everything looks fantastic.

Also it would be difficult to tell monthly electricity bills because it will depend on your usage. Just like one cannot tell monthly fuel usage just by knowing a car's fuel efficiency, it will not be possible for me to tell electricity consumption just based on wattage. It will all depend on your usage. All I can say is that 100 Watts when used for 10 hours consume 100x10 = 1000 Wh or 1 unit of electricity. And then it will depend on the cost of unit of electricity in your house to estimate monthly electricity bill.


Thanks a lot Abhishek for quick reply. I must say your website is awesome and giving people a totally new perspective of choosing appliances. Thanks for the great work.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Thanks! I am glad that you liked the website.


What is the Electric Tax? The % of tax caliculated on energy charges?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Usually tax is calculated on sum of all the charges (fixed, energy and fuel surcharge). It varies from state to state.


Sorry, Energy Tax


undu Khan
Dear sir/madam,
I would like to know about my total power consumption per month if I have using these home appliances mention below.
1. Ceiling Fan full size- 20 hours/Day
3. Induction 1300WATT -1HR A DAY
I live in bangalore

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Here is your calculation:

ApplianceCountWattageTotal WattageHoursTotal Wh
Induction Cooker11300130011300
    Units per day3.625
    Units per month108.75

I hope it helps.


Dear sir/madam,
I would like to know about my total power consumption per month if I have using these home appliances mention below.
1. One Air Cooler-single pad(full size) 15 hours/Day.
2. Ceiling Fan full size- 20 hours/Day
3. Water Pump(740kw)- 2 hour/day
5. 42"TV- 15hour/day
6. 390 liter double door Refrigerator-24 hours/day

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Here is your calculation:

ApplianceCountWattageTotal WattageHoursTotal Wh

Total look about 14000 Wh or 14 units a day.


Sir plz let me know is there any rates like 7rs per unit in Chandigarh electricity board.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

You can check page no 132 of this document: http://jercuts.gov.in/writereaddata/UploadFile/FINALCED_1183.pdf .... the max tariff for home is Rs 5 per unit. But it may go to Rs 7 including taxes, duty etc.


tell me Sir what is Current tarif rate of Rural Area , Madhyanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Ltd. uttar Pradesh


Dear ,
tell me ,
i am asking becasue in Your portal is not updated so what is Current tariff rate of Madhyanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Ltd Rural Area,


Bil incorrect


Sir Namaste what is meaning of SDL AEH IN RRNO.


I live in M 1007, KDP Grand Savanna, Raj Nagar Extension, Ghaziabad, a multistory apartment.

The electricity bill given by my Appt. Owner Association shows FC for mains at Rs.484.22 and Energy Charges of Rs. 1927.18 [for 344 units of Mains] totaling to Rs. 2446.87/-

Where as the FC + energy charges + Regul. Surcharge + Energy Tax calculated by this software of yours is Rs. 2221/-.

The bill of KDP AOA shows Billing Type as kWh. The mains tariff is shown as Rs. 5.77 and FC for mains as Rs.15.62/- FC others as Rs. 75.62/-. The apartment has single point connection, a franchisee of PVVNL.

Please explain the the reason for the discrepancy.

Moreover the maintenance charges are also collected through the prepaid electricity meter, contrary to the tariff order and electricity is cut off if the maintenance is not paid.


Dear Team
My account no, is Bill Accouny no, is 761617226037
and bill no,20176761617226
I got bill on 8 april 2017 but it was wrongly updated So i went to nearest power office , they updated my Bill and payable amount was Rs. 5588 and Meter reading was 4134 .
and i got next bill in 20 June 2017 that time meter reading was 5038
previous Meter Unit 4134
and present MU 5038
and bill was made for 904 Unit and Amount Rs 3786
so including tax Rs, 3861
Now total amount should be paid only 3861+5588 =RS,9449
but it is showing total; Amount =Rs10917
which was paid , Amount =Rs10917
So please give me clarification and send detail,
and adjust to next Bill ,

Warm and regards
Javed khan
+91 7053339561
Madhyanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Ltd. uttar Pradesh

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Khan,

You will have to raise a complaint with Madhyanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Ltd. .... This is not a Madhyanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Ltd. website.


Hi ,in my home having 1 tv,3 fan,1fridge(5star),2 led tube,1 home theater,2 led bulb.in 3 months landlord is asking for 2800 /-,is it correct


Hey i am trying to figure out how to calculate the price for my Edcom units i know what the total units are and what the price is. The total units are 68880 and the price is total ED (Rs.) 124132.97. But i am trying to understand how it came to that price.
any info will be very helpful


Mmg fdet7


Sir mera bill 4020/- aaya hai MAHAVitran ka 15 days ka mujhe ye janna hai ki agr front load washing machine use karte hai to 30 min. mai kitna unit use hota hai.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Front load washing machine ko 30 mins mein 0.5 - 1 unit se zyada nahin lena chahiye.


sir dakshinanchal vidhyut bill chek kese karte hai pls mujhe btao


Hello Abhishek,
How do i know the sanctioned/approved/connected load for my domestic electricity bill in SAS Nagar (Mohali) PUNJAB?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

It should be written on your electricity bill.


Thanks, Abhishek. It's 5.8 KW


I have bluestar 5cnhw18dafu
Its outdoor fan turns on and off automatically at a time interval
Its normal??
Because i heard inverter acs compressor runs continuously

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

If the compressor is turning off then it is not normal. But fan is different from compressor.


No sounds comes from outdoor unit during the fan is off and indoor temperature during this time is also moe or uncomfortable

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Manish,

If there is no sound in the outdoor unit then it is not normal. Especially if it is getting uncomfortable then it is not normal. Inverter ACs have compressor that runs continuously and the temperature should remain comfortable. You should raise it up with Blue star.


Dealer and mechanic both told me i cant run inverter ac continuously at 28 they adviced me to operate on 24

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

There is no harm to the AC if the compressor shuts off. So I would not say that you should change the temperature to 24 just because you want to run AC continuously. But yes the compressor will run continuously if the outdoor temperature is 28 and you keep thermostat setting to 24. But it will run continuously only if the outdoor temperature is high (say 32) and you keep it at 28.


Technician said that outdoor cutsoff automatically due i set temp on 28 or 27 because its high

I m not satisfied with these explanation plzz help ....they r right or not???

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Well inverter ACs run their compressor at a speed which is bare minimum to remove the heat that is coming in the room. If there is no difference between outdoor temperature and indoor temperature setting then compressor will not run.

So if the outdoor temperature is 28 and you keep the thermostat setting to 28, then there is no work for the AC to do. There is no heat to be removed then there is no point in running the compressor. In the monsoon season the outside temperature is low and thus it is highly likely that there is no heat to be removed from the room and in such case it is possible that the compressor will not run.


Yesterday night i operate it on 25degree then cmpressor not stops but it consumes 5 unit / 7 hrs 4 persons in room
It's expensive to a 5* inverter ac
Outer temperature is 34 but its compressor shuts off when thermostat sets on 28 and on 25 its costly

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

If outdoor temperature is 34 then compressor should not stop at 28. And it should not consume 5 units in 7 hrs at temperature of 25 as well. Something is wrong with the installation of the AC.


Today day time i operate it on 25 for 6 hrs it consumes 6 unit no other appliances are on during this ..
Its compressor also shuts off at 28 degree is another problem
Todays outer atmospheric temp is 35 degree
I hav complained these issues 3-4 times they come and checked and told me there is nothing wrong with ac or installation
Plzz can u suggest the expected faults in my ac ??
And what can i do now??

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Manish,

I hope I could have helped you but there is nothing that I can do remotely. All I can say is that from whatever you are saying, the AC is not working perfectly. 6 units for 6 hours is a lot for inverter AC.


One of my frnd told this problem is due to i hv an oversized ac 1.5 ton my room dimensions r width 12ft length 10ft and height 10 feet with only roof exposed

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Depends on your city. If you are in Mumbai (or any coastal city) then 1.5 ton is a bit oversized. But in cities that are hot (like Delhi), it would not be too oversized.


Technician told me its normal

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

it is not normal.


Does inverter ac have the on off cycle?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

No they do not have on off cycle.


Hii abhishek

Technician told me if u operate it above 23 degree its compressor cuts off even outer atmospheric temp is 35degree
As per their advice i operate it on 22 then compressor doesn't cuts off
Their explanation is valid or not

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

The explanation is not valid. I also have an inverter AC in my room in Mumbai. Outside temperature remains about 34 in summers and we keep it at 26-27 and the compressor does run. It does not cut off.


We consumed 200 Units this month. still no clue how we consumed 200 Units. We 2 people in house and we have 1 TV connected with TATA SKY HD setup box it will run almost 15 hours per day .and 1 water Geyser,and general house holding items.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

200 units in 30 days is about 6-7 units a day. TV for 15 hrs would consume max 1.5 units (assuming you have LED TV). Geyser would consume another 1-1.5 units (assuming you do not leave it on the whole day). The rest would be for other appliances. You will have to check for any heating or cooling appliance. Check your fans, refrigerators, etc.


This calculator for me is off by 600 rupees for some reason. Because this month, electricity bill for us was 4960. And our units consumed says 516 on the bill. But this calculator calculates 5561 for the same number of units.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

The calculator does not include Fuel Adjustment Charge. This charge usually changes every month.


Okay, thanks for the response. I had another question. I have a 9 year old Window AC. What is the standby power consumption when only the device is turned off from remote control but not the switch where it is plugged? thanks.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Standby power consumption of window AC would be about 4-5 watts.


Good, that's not too high compared to what it runs on. Thank you sir.


Hi All

i have Question regarding billing cycle,i read somewhere that electrical billing coming monthly also so why we get generally billing of 2 month ? b"coz" if bill come every 2 month unit total are increase and also we paid more for that lika after 150 unit 200 unit & more unit Charge are different. can we apply for monthly billing cycle ??

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

It varies from state to state. The state electricity regulatory commission decides on the billing cycle. I would suggest that you talk to the customer care of your electricity distribution company to see if monthly billing cycle is available.

Somenath Banerjee

In the table "money you spend on appliances per month" the spending hour for each appliances is not given.
Can you please tell me based on how many hour of consumption (perday/per month) tha table is generated?
I will remain grateful if you answer my query.
Thanks and Regards.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Here is the assumption:

Incandescent Bulb 8 hrs/day/year
CFL Bulb 8 hrs/day/year
Tube Light (old) 8 hrs/day/year
T5 Tube Light 8 hrs/day/year
Digital Set top Box (normal) 24 hrs/day/year
HD DVR Set top Box 24 hrs/day/year
Computer (Desktop old) 8 hrs/day/year
Computer (Laptop) 8 hrs/day/year
Air Conditioner (1 ton inefficient) 8 hrs/day/5 months/year
Air Conditioner (1 ton 5-star) 8 hrs/day/5 months/year
Refrigerator (200 Lts inefficient) 24 hrs/day/year
Refrigerator (200 Lts 5 star) 24 hrs/day/year
Fan (old inefficient) 16 hrs/day/year
Fan (new energy efficient) 16 hrs/day/year

Pushpendra Singh

I have a single phase domestic meter


My Bill unit is 667 .
Then i want to know
How will be my total bill for 667 unit?


Hello I am from Bihar from Patna .I am using one tonne AC 4led light ,3celing fan washing machine in a week. Will you clearly me my uses of electricity.

Jamal nabi khan

I am staying in Western U.P and using the following appliances; 2AC's of 1.5 tonne each, 5 LED's, 5 Ceiling fans, 1 submercible pump 1Washing machine and a microwave. The load sanctioned to me is 2KW .Is it enough orshall i increase my load ?Please advise.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

2 kW is less. It should be at least 4-5 kW. Your electricity bill should show maximum demand for your home.


I have a single phase domestic meter of BRPL , New Delhi with a sanctioned load of 8 KW. As per tariff structure, Fixed Charge should be Rs.25/ kw/ month. But in actual bill the amount under col. A (Fixed Charge) always shows much higher amount. I also dont understand the "other charges", which is carry forward fraction from previous bill.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Your fixed charges should be Rs 200 (for 8 kW). If they are more then check if there is any maximum demand penalty.

tolwala govind das

how can the electricity tariff increased without any consideration for the general public. It should try to save the pilferage

tolwala govind das

How and Why the Discom increase the Electricity Tariff rates and make the people suffer.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Discoms do not increase tariffs, Electricity Regulatory Commissions do. Discoms just submit their proposal. And after the proposal is received, Electricity regulatory commissions call for a meeting with Civil Society Groups, consumers and Discoms to finalize the rates. They publish an AD in newspapers for the meeting. If you have any concerns regarding the rates, then I would suggest that you look for such advertisements or keep following your state's electricity regulator commission website. They give enough time for doing all this, and the process is many months long. So if you have concerns, you can always raise them with regulatory commissions.


sir seams like the calculator doesnt work as i have filled all required details includes units but after i press submit button the result is not displayed what may be problem?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Karani,

The calculator is working now. Thanks for your patience.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

We are having issues with the calculator. We are trying to fix it. Will take couple of days. I will drop a note to you once it is fixed.


I am using chrome n safari
Cant see the bill but only the message your bill is with no data
Is it working?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Mrityunjay,

The calculator is working now. Thanks for your patience.


same thing i am facing i am using opera web browser

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Karani,

Much before your comment I replied to Mrityunjay that we are having issues with the calculator and we are in a process of fixing it. Please wait till we fix it!!

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

We are having some issues with the calculator. We are in process of fixing it. Will take a couple of days to do the same. I will drop a note to you once that is done.

Girish purohit

Respected sir,
What is the charge of electricity per unit in city of gujrat
And give me the calculation of fuel charge and vidhyut shulk
Why it is considered.


What are wheeling charges? I can see Rs 400-500 as wheeling charges on my MSEB bill

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Wheeling charges are charges for using the transmission line. Usually it is used when transmission lines are owned by one utility and electricity is distributed by another.

Please note that there is no entity like MSEB now. In 2002 all state electricity boards were split into multiple companies. One for generation, one for transmission and one for distribution. This was done so that privatization can be done for some parts of electricity generation/transmission/distribution process. Like in Mumbai Reliance and Tata Power do the distribution now. Tata is also into generation.

So as I said, wheeling charges are for using the transmission line. It is usually applied as a per unit charge.


Hi Guyz,

How does one get landing cost of electricity through open access. I am trying to get electricity from Northern Grid (my home state) to Mumbai but dont know what will be my landing cost in Mumbai. Would highly appreciate your help. If its a long process you can call me on 7710033063 or alternatively give your number and a convinient time when I can contact you. Thanks.


sorry Sir what's wrong with the website/calculator because it doesn't give options in selecting area like when i need to select my district apart from giving me districts options it gives me the whole list of all districts and utility why?and can it be fixed

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

which district are you from?



Abhishek Jain (Mod)

There were some issues with the calculator that we have tried to fix. Can you try it again and let me know?


whats wrong with the website/calculator because it doesn't give options in selecting area like when i need to select my district apart from giving me options it gives me the whole list of all districts and utility why?


hi Mr.Abhishek,
My name is suresh , working for reputed MNC company for their highway projects, we have one query that we have installed APFC Panels in order to improve power factor up to 0.9 to Unity.
my First question is electricity board tariff calculation is based on KWH OR KVAH? this is for incentives for improvement of Power factor ,how can we proceed with electricity board.
Even my APFC panel showing power factor is unity /0.98, but in electricity board meter /bill reflects only 0.85/0.9,due to this we are unable to discuss about our incentive /reduction in power bills to show the benefit of APFC panel, which we spent lot of money to avoid the penalty and will get reduction bills too.
Please give necessary suggestion
Thanking you

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Suresh Kumar,

Usually commerical connection have tariffs based on kVAh and that is where power factor correction helps in getting discounts from electricity distribution company. kWh is used in residential connection and power factor correction does not help in such connections.

I just hope your APFC panel is installed correctly as the bill should reflect the right quantity. I would suggest that you put a complaint with your electricity distribution company for the same and ask them to send an engineer to check the two numbers. Either your APFC panel is not installed correctly or your electricity distribution company is not taking note of the new value and is billing you on old one.


thank you very much Mr.Abhishek for your suggestion, accordingly ill check with my ground levels.. thank u

Ravinder Pal Singh Dhillon

Hey, quick question. I live in Bangalore and my meter Capacity is 3KW, I consumed about 2000 units last month. I am being told by the meter reader that you can only consume only about 100 units per KW sanctioned load, so total 300units per month and anything above that would have to pay a hefty penalty. I find this notion absurd and feel i'm being cheated/extorted. It doesn't make sense to have a meter capacity if I cant use it to the full ... a #KW meter should mean I can use 3 X 24 X 28 (for feb) maximum which comes to 2016 units. Have you ever heard of such a thing as a per KW limit to number of units you can consume?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Ravinder,

The argument does sound absurd. 3 kW load means that the sum total of wattage of appliances running at any given time in your house should not exceed 3 kW. So suppose you have 1 AC of 1 ton which is about 1 kW, you have 1 refrigerator which is about 400 watts, etc etc... and when you sum the wattage of appliances running at any time, it should not exceed 3 kW.

There is no limit on total units consumed and there should be no penalty for that. Although for such high usage, the electricity cost for last many units would be really high. But that is not penalty.

Ravinder Pal Singh Dhillon

Thank you for the quick response Abhishek. I have a couple of AC's and multiple desktop computers that run 24/7 so I may be consuming the 2000 units and do not mind paying for them. What worries me is the Meter Reader trying to fool me/extort money out of me with such an absurd pretext. I have written to several people in BESCOM, and will also go visit their nearest office tomorrow to see how much truth there is in this situation. Will post an update here regardless.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Sure. Do let us know as well. Thanks.


Hi Abhishek, It was only recently that I noticed that the sanctioned load for my 2BHK apartment is 15kW. We have the usual appliances nothing which is a major energy guzzler. I don't understand why our landlord opted for such a high connected load. I live in Bangalore (BESCOM area), is there anyway to reduce the sanctioned load? we are paying 1500 rupees a month for consuming 150 units!

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Fixed Cost per kW of connected load in BESCOM is about Rs 35/kW. Typically electricity connections in residential complexes are applied by the builders. If it is a high end residential complex then they assume that people will put ACs in all room, water heaters in all bathrooms, etc. So it is likely that your landlord may not have opted for it and the builder may have given it in such a way.

Now the way to reduce is by giving an application to BESCOM. This has to be done by the owner of the house. BESCOM may then send an engineer to look at the connected appliances in your house and accordingly figure out the right connected load based on that. You will have to contact BESCOM customer support to get more details on the procedure.


Dear Abhishek, we are a small Fintech company based in Europe. Due to the high electricity prices here, we consider to move some of our operations to India. Our computing machines use approx 30kW and consume 50,000 units (kWh) per month. Which States/regions and energy companies would you consider given following simple pre-conditions? (i) relatively stable climate (avoid high outside temperatures); (ii) good infrastructure and accessibility; (iii) low electricity prices and stable supply. Thanks for your advice.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Mark,

Low electricity prices and stable supply do not go hand in hand in India, unfortunately! But I think Bengaluru/Karnataka would be quite reasonable for you. The climate is decent (slightly on the cooler side) and electricity distribution is stable. Prices are not too high, but I would not say that they are low. Electricity is stable in most Tier 1 cities: Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi, Chennai ... and then in some places in Gujarat (Ahmedabad, Vadodara). Out of these Bengaluru would have the best climate.

Birendra Choudhary

Hi ! Have gone through your detailed article... well written. which one is cheaper in Mumbai for residential use ? Tata Power or Reliance Energy ? I have on an average about 230 - 260 units consumption per month. People saying to change over from Reliance energy to Tata Power..How much average saving can I expect per month by doing so ? your analysis expected...many may have same question. I have 3 phase power supply currently from Reliance Energy LF1 on residential premises..

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

If your consumption is high (above 500) then switch over to Tata does not make sense. It has value only when your consumption is less than 300. However, we don't know how long with that benefit remain because when you switch over to Tata, you pay Tata tariffs + wheeling charges (for using Reliance infrastructure as the lines laid are by reliance) .... currently Tata Tariffs are low for less consumption, but we never know when they will become equal to Reliance (because the tariffs for higher consumption are already equal to Reliance). And when they become equal to reliance, then you will be paying more than reliance because you will pay tariffs to Tata + charges for using reliance infrastructure.

But currently, switchover makes sense only for consumers with electricity consumption less than 300 units. It is "bad" for consumers with consumption over 500 units.

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