We’re deep in the middle of some of the most extreme load shedding the country has ever experienced (stage 8 is becoming a real thing guys). We didn’t think we would have the energy to charge into a blog post about it, but we powered through.
Aside from reducing your electricity consumption (especially between the peak 5pm to 9pm period) and unplugging your appliances when you’re not using them, here are some useful tips on how to survive a power outage:
- Put the expected load shedding times on your fridge and get an App like EskomSePush so that you and your family will have enough time to prepare for the power outage.
- Alarm systems, garage doors and electric gates generally rely on electricity so make sure that these items all have good back-up batteries. If your alarm system does not have a back-up battery, be cautious during a power outage. It is worthwhile to purchase a mobile panic button which runs off batteries and which is linked to a reputable emergency response company.
- Use LED globes with a rechargeable battery backup, so when the power outage occurs, you just need to connect the rechargeable battery to the LED globe to produce light.
- Make sure your computer, laptop, phone or iPad is fully charged so you can still use them.
- Keep an oil lamp, torch or solar, battery powered light or lantern or portable light that is charged beforehand in multiple, easily accessible locations around your home. Be sure to also have plenty of spare batteries.
- To ensure you can always cook, it would be wise to invest in a gas stove or an affordable load shedding kit which includes, gas lamps, gas ovens and gas burners.
- Fill a thermal flask with boiling water before for a warm cup of tea or coffee during the blackout.
- If your budget allows, buy a portable generator or inverter. Learn how to safely use your generator and test it monthly. Make sure to store enough fuel to run the generator for up to a week.