There are taxes on the electricity bill –
• Energy tax of 5% that has to be paid by all customers
• Surcharge of 8% is charged in Delhi and the NCR
All customers pay around 13% as tax on their electricity bill
However, there are different tariff slabs for domestic use of electricity, and the electricity bills in Delhi are calculated as per the number of units, as explained below –
• Rs.4 per unit plus 13% tax for consumption of the first 200 units
• Rs.5.95 per unit plus 13% tax for consumption of units between 200 & 400
• Rs.7.30 per unit plus 13% tax for consumption of units between 400 & 800
• Rs.8.10 per unit plus 13% tax for consumption of units between 800 & 1200 and so on
The bill is calculated based on the slab. For instance, if the units of electricity consumed are 585. The bill will be calculated as follows –
• The first 200 units @ Rs.4 + 13% tax
• 400 units @ Rs.5.95 + 13% tax
• Balance 185 units @ Rs.7.30 + 13% tax
Your landlord is charging Rs.9.00 per unit, which is an extremely high rate per unit. Rs.9.00 per unit is what is charged for consumption of over 1200 units.
Ask to see the electricity bill and check the total number of units consumed. I think you are being cheated. Even in peak summer, when we use the air conditioner, we do not consume more than 1000 units of electricity.
Technically, your landlord seems to be selling electricity, at a profit, which I think is illegal. Moreover, the 15% tax is of his, own making.
Reason with the landlord. Let him know the electrical gadgets you have and that those would not consume that many units. Also, the rate per unit is high.
Underestimate me...that'll be fun!