Electricity theft is a shared problem for customers in the Nigerian electricity industry especially those on prepaid service plan. Most customers are faced with the challenge of paying more for electricity irrespective of whether it was consumed by them or not. Customers often complain of their meters reading very fast, and end up blaming it on the DISCOS, without first checking for the possibility of electricity theft in their homes.
Well, here are some simple Techniques for identifying Electricity theft in the home:
- Start by checking the electricity usage of every device and compare to the meter rate. From there it’s a process of elimination. If the meter is registering more usage than you have devices for, then shut off all the breakers.
- If the meter stops, then turn on breakers one by one and compare the usage of that circuit that you measured with what the meter shows. This will identify the circuit that is using excessive power. Once the circuit is located, turn off all devices on that circuit to see it’s a problem with a known device or if there’s something unknown using power on the circuit.
- For a known device, double check every device when it’s used individually against what the meter measures. If it’s an unknown device, trace the circuit or consider disconnecting the line/load connection in the circuit to locate the device.
If after running these basic checks you find out the fault is not from your house, you may be a victim of electricity theft – You should contact your electricity provider, immediately.