Stock up on battery’s, dust off your candles, switch off your geysers and prepare for dark days and potentially cold dinners – because load-shedding is back.
According to the country’s monopoly power utility, Eskom is in a state of severe financial difficulty and is not sustainable – the country should expect stage one load shedding to take place with immediate effect. The past six months have been a difficult period for Eskom, who have experienced a steady decline in coal levels which is threatening the firm’s ability to keep their lights on. The country is said to be facing regular electricity outages from now till 2020 and should prepare accordingly. It looks like South Africa is set to struggle through the darkness once again all the while taking another hit at our lifestyles and our economy.
But with no way to escape the fast approaching darkness, its time to implement the mantra and strategies from our ‘blackout black book’ for all the fast, affordable ways to survive loading shedding and save money.
We all remember the dreaded mantra of “if you’re not using it, switch it off”. A mantra that spread far and wide over the years of experiencing load-shedding. Well, its time to bring that mantra back into play. Blackout fever has quickly spread with all school car-park and dinner conversations revolving around when your residential zone is scheduled for load shedding and how you and your family plan to survive.
To ensure we don’t head towards water restrictions epidemic – its important for us to recap all the ways and means we know to survive blackouts and even save some money.
Energy Saving Habits
– Switch off any high-usage appliances in the peak periods between 17h00 and 21h00.
– Switch off all non-essential equipment, lights and appliances that you do not need at any particular time, day or night.
– Replace energy-intensive lights and appliances with energy-efficient technology alternatives, like CFL or LED light bulbs.
– Unplug all appliances when not in use, as they still draw power even although they are not being used.
Energy Saving Costs
– The current high electricity costs result in higher home running costs. Using less energy in your home means a lower electricity bill and more money in your pocket at month-end.
– As your geyser uses about 39% of all household electricity, switch it off to save both electricity and money. In fact, a timer on your geyser is the answer; set it to switch on at 04h00 to 05h30.
– Geysers should be insulated with a geyser blanket which allows the water to stay hot for longer.
– Reduce your geyser thermostat to a comfortable setting of 55°C.
– Install motion sensor lights in those specific rooms and garden areas where you only need lighting when you move around.
– Take your own electricity and water meter readings and email it to your local municipality. We suggest you do this exercise anyhow as an awareness into the volume you are using.
– Install solar-powered geysers.
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