We could face more than 100 days of load shedding over the next few months, warns Eskom. This means the winter will be cold and dark unless we find ways to survive the power cuts.
In addition to reducing power consumption during peak hours and unplugging appliances when not needed, here are some tips for surviving load shedding and avoiding power surges…
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10 tips for surviving load shedding
1. Be prepared. Sign up for the EskomSePush app, Load Shedding Notifier or your local municipality’s alert service if there is one. Cape Town recently launched a free load shedding app for its customers.
2. Use LED globes with a rechargeable backup battery, says Teljoy CEO Jonathan Hurvitz. In the event of a power outage, you can still power some lights with energy stored in the battery. If you can, invest in a portable generator and inverter that can convert stored energy into power that the power grid can use. Alternatively, a power station such as the Ellies Cube Nova Power Station, available from Teljoy, can be an affordable way to power devices such as laptops, monitors, WiFi routers, desk lamps and chargers. phone.
3. Use a gas braai or camping stove so you can still boil a kettle or cook a basic meal if there is no electricity.
“By renting a gas braai or gas hob for the next few months, you can be assured of having another way to cook, without having to take out credit to make a purchase. Plus, you have the flexibility to use the braai or gas oven for as long or as little as you need,” says Hurvitz. Include a gas oven in your shedding kit, which could also include slit lamps and gas burners.
4. Upgrade to a grid-tied solar and battery system that allows you to use stored solar energy as a supplemental power source during load shedding.
“There are several financing options. The cheapest is to add the cost of the system to your current obligation, or we also offer a rent-to-own option. Alternatively, you can start with just a battery and add solar panels later, or start with solar panels only. You don’t have to pay upfront for a complete system as it can be built incrementally, with funding available for each stage. Taking a phased approach like this makes it more affordable,” says Matthew Cruise of Hohm Energy.
5. Remember to unplug appliances that are not in use to protect them from power surges.
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6. Have backup batteries for gates, security systems, garage doors and alarms so your safety is not compromised during load shedding.
7. Fill empty cooldrink bottles with water and store them in the freezer. In the event of load shedding, these will keep your fridge – and your food – cool for a few hours.
8. Make sure important devices such as laptops and cell phones are sufficiently charged. Also keep a cell phone charger in your car for emergencies, adds Hurvitz.
9. Place solar-powered lights or portable battery-operated lights in key places in your home so you can move from room to room in the event of a power outage.
10. There’s nothing worse than being in the dark and cold during load shedding. So, this winter, create a “cozy corner” in your home where you can take shelter in the event of a power outage. If you know your load shedding schedule, plan ahead and fill canteens with hot water that you can use for hot drinks or hot water bottles. Make sure that corner has a pile of thick blankets to keep you warm. If you’re able to power a TV with solar energy stored in a battery system, you can get entertained in that area too, says Hurvitz.
“By renting a flat screen from Teljoy, you can enjoy entertainment all winter long knowing that your subscription includes maintenance and risk coverage.
With a little planning and smarter use of alternative power sources, it’s possible to survive the next few months of load shedding, Hurvitz concludes.