8 Tips on how to survive load shedding
Load shedding schedules are being rolled out across the country leaving millions of South Africans without electricity at any point in time. National power outages can last anywhere from two to eight hours leaving consumers frustrated as day-to-day tasks such as cooking are heavily inconvenienced. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our top eight tips to surviving load shedding in South Africa.
1. Know your schedule
This is probably the most obvious out of the ten but knowing when your power will go out enables you to plan accordingly. If you’re aware that your power is most likely to be cut off in the morning, it gives you the night before to get your things in order so the morning runs more smoothly.
View the load shedding schedule for your area here: http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za/
2. Charge all your electronics
Nothing worse than Eskom cutting the lights when you’re in the middle of completing a final draft or when your phone just so happens to be on 9 percent. If load shedding is announced, make sure that all your handheld devices are fully charged prior to the power cut-off. This way, you’ll be easy to reach in case of an emergency or be able to entertain the children with apps. I highly recommend our high-quality power banks that can accommodate every price range.
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3. Hotplates and cooler boxes
While this tip sounds like the recipe for a load shedding braai, it’s not. The beauty of hotplates and cooler boxes is that most entry-level models won’t set you back. Load shedding schedules aren’t always reliable as they can run overtime. That’s why it’s important to keep a cooler box to store any drinks you might need or food that might spoil. The hot plate gives you a great alternative to warm up your food without electricity.
4. Solars and rechargeables
Just because the power goes out, doesn’t mean the lights do too. The benefits of solar-powered lanterns and flashlights are that they produce bright light, use less energy and have longer life spans thus saving more money and being more eco-friendly in the long run. Now the children will still be able to complete their homework with no stress. Have a look through our catalog of rechargeable and solar-powered gadgets.
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5. Take it back to family time.
Load shedding in itself brings an opportunity to bask in the quite and enjoy the luxury of less for a while. If you find yourself being without power for a couple of hours, whip out the torches and bring out some board games or some fun puzzles. One can never go wrong with some good old fashioned quality family time.
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6. Unplug appliances or install surge protection
Many people aren’t aware of this but when Eskom shuts down the power and turns it back on, the sudden spike in current can damage the circuitry of your appliances. That’s why it’s advised that you make sure most of your appliances are unplugged by the wall. Alternatively, you can install surge protection to the outlets your appliances to suppress the surge of current.
7. Jojo your household
Maybe don’t invest in the big green tanks just yet, but it’s always a good idea to have water around. Wrangle up some water bottles and keep them on standby. Whether they are for drinking, bathing or other uses, you can never go wrong when you have water.
8. Communal effort
If you’re friendly with the neighbours, take the time to coordinate some activities during load shedding such as neighbourhood watch and supply sharing.