Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) Governor Sutat Patmasiriwat said on Tuesday that the country’s data on power usage since the beginning of March alone was higher than the same time of last year by more than 6 percent.
In 2011, Thailand’s power usage stood at 23,900 megawatts.
With the heat looks set to stay for long, Mr. Sutat conceded that there are possibilities that this year’s electricity consumption may break the 25,000-megawatt level, which is higher than the records of 2011 and 2010.
He added that the public should be aware that hot weather during the summer will force the air conditioners to work much harder and their electricity bill may easily end up much bigger than expected.
In related news, the EGAT Governor said that after 17 years of the number-5 power saving campaign, which has helped assured consumers that electrical appliances with such a label consume less power, up to 13 products have joined the project and EGAT has distributed more than 170 million labels to date.
Mr. Sutat said he hopes that the campaign will promote a sustainable way of efficient power utilization after it has so far saved more than 2 billion megawatts.
(NNT : Nopparat Chaichalearmmongkol)