With the current ongoing Russian – Ukraine crisis, the value of gas has drastically increased. The prices of LPG/cooking gas in Kenya has increased by almost 400 KES. This is according to the recent review done by Rubis Energy Kenya.
Gas refill prices as from tomorrow (7th March 2022)
6kg – Ksh 1,560
13kg – Ksh 3,340
35kg – Ksh 8,760
Fungeni mkanda pic.twitter.com/BFT2aQMcRX
— Khotsa (@SirMwangala) March 6, 2022
Other dealers are silently reviewing their prices as well. This has brought uncertainty amongst Kenyans as inflation means high costs of living which is already a problem that many are experiencing.
Kenya's economy rn be like
"gas ni ngapi"
"Niko na 1200 wacha ntarudi"
a few moments later
"nitolee refill ya 6kgs"
"weka 1560 kwa iyo till apo"
— timmy_mungai (@timmy_mungai) March 7, 2022
Na tukijenga jikoni moja kubwa Kenya mzima, wakenya wote tukuwe tunapikiwa hapo si tunaeza save mafuta na gas.
— CT (@base10_) March 6, 2022
Now the million-dollar question is, is cooking with electricity cheaper than the current LPG prices? Let’s break it down.
Is Cooking With Electricity Cheaper Than LPG (Cooking Gas)?
According to Kenya Twitter user, Kiruti’s analysis, a 6kg cooking gas cylinder (retails for KES 1,560) has around 40h of use which is a 30 day month is 1.3hrs a day. Whilst an electric cooktop which averages around 1200W, with 1.3h per day usage, the units used per day would be 1.56 units.
This would bring it to around 46.8 units used per month. The cost of 1 unit currently is KES 15.15 which totals to approximately KES 710 per month. Clearly, it is cheaper to cook with electricity than with gas.
However, it does have its cons like in case there is no electricity, you won’t be able to cook. So you would probably have to refill the 6Kg cylinder for emergencies.
I tried and I was using about an additional 800 bob/M, about 3,200 in a quarter ( that's how long my gas lasts)
Given the reduction in elec and hike in LPG prices, I'd say the difference right now is negligible.
— Atomick (@Atomixic) March 6, 2022
One user thinks otherwise too. He notes that it is important to consider the conversion efficiency of the stove used. The assumption in these calculations is that all the stoves have similar conversion efficiencies.
1.Electricity is still expensive compared to LPG by 3.8%
For a household that uses 13Kg LPG per month at a cost of KES 3500, will be required to use and equivalent of KES 3,633 of electricity if they decided to use electricity.
— Moffat🇰🇪 (@MoffatRotich) March 7, 2022
In short, every person has different consumption rates. There are those who can use a 6kg gas cylinder for 3 months while others use it for a shorter period of time say 1 month.
To ensure what method is better for you, compare your electricity consumption to gas consumption. It will better depict what to choose.