Load shedding is a reality here in South Africa, and whether or not you are ready for it, it sure will hit. Eskom announced earlier this year that it will be implementing load shedding this winter, and true to their word, load shedding is our reality. Life doesn’t have to come to a stand-still when there is no power though, here are a few tips to help you be better prepared for load shedding.
1. Download the load shedding schedule at http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za/ or choose between a wide variety of load-shedding apps in your phone’s application store so that you can know exactly when your neighborhood will be affected.
2. Make sure that your devices’ batteries such as your phone and laptop are always fully charged. You can even set up an alarm to go off periodically to remind you to plug our devices in.
3. Always have back-up batteries for your electric fences so that your safety is never compromised.
4. Purchase solar power lights. They may be more expensive than the regular type, but they will be a very valuable investment. If these are too expensive for you, you can also buy battery powered lights, torches and lanterns. They may not last as long, but they sure will get the job done.
5. If converting to a gas stove is too expensive for you, there are portable gas stoves on the market that will cost a fraction of what the full scale stove would.
6. Consider investing in a generator, it can be a portable one that just powers one or two rooms. This will make your life much easier. There are companies who also rent out generators.
7. Install surge protectors to prevent your appliances from being damaged by power surges. If you are currently experiencing load shedding, unplug all your appliances.
These are just a few ways to make your life easier and help you keep sane during load shedding. Remember to always be vigilant and alert to stay safe.