Is pay-as-you-go electricity a possible solution to reducing camping tariffs?
People are quick to complain that camping tariffs are “too high”. But what can you do to pay less for your stand? Our Facebook friends chat about the possibility of prepaid electricity.
Currently a family with basic electrical equipment also pay for those who bring air cons and tumble dryers when they camp. Reduce the per head tariff and let people buy prepaid electricity for their luxuries.
So what will campers then pay per person per day? Your electricity is already included in the fixed camping tariff. If you now have to pay for prepaid electricity it’s going to be an astronomical amount per day.
Frikkie and Marisa Potgieter
I’m willing to do it but then camping tariffs need to be substantially less. At the moment campsites budget for the guy who goes camping with his air conditioner and a range of other things.
Yes, I like this plan. It’ll make my neighbour think twice before going to sleep with his outside lights still burning. I sometimes wonder if people do this at home too.
Rhona Prinsloo Oh no, really? I don’t think it’s a good idea. Camping is the only type of holiday most people can afford these days. What next? Helen van Niekerk
It’s already become so expensive to camp. And now we have to pay extra for electricity? For me that’s not an option.
As resort owner it sounds like a good idea to me. Campers come to us with a variety of electrical appliances – from washing machines to ice makers and air conditioners. And then they pay the same as the guy who uses a gas bottle to power his lights. Prepaid electricity will even the playing field.
Ernst FW Piater This sounds like a way to pay for what you use. I have no problem with this. Pieter Boshoff
I think resorts should have stands with thicker cables and bigger circuit breakers at higher tariffs for campers who bring their air conditioners and washing machines. Leave the rest of the stands at a lower tariff for those who camp without these things.
Philip Coenraad Fourie
It’s a good idea and I hope that we can again camp like we used to without all of those bright floodlights and the electrical stuff that’s actually unnecessary. I suggest you start with about R60’s electricity on the house and when it’s finished, you have to pay in.
I’ll gladly pay for what I use. As far as possible I use the bare minimum, just like at home. Why would I suddenly become wasteful just because someone else is paying for it? It’s this kind of attitude that leads to bathrooms and campsites sometimes looking so filthy.