Loadshedding has made another comeback this week. Here are some helpful tips that can combat loadshedding when it happens in your area.
Eskom has implemented rotational load-shedding this week as a result of a shortage of capacity due to a number of generating units out of service because of a breakdown. The power utility announced that their maintenance teams are working hard to bring the units back to service but they have not yet said when the units will be fully operational. This means that certain areas nationwide will have no electricity at certain times.
1. Keep your phone charged
If the power goes out and you need to charge your phone you can use your laptop and a USB cord or a power bank. Most smartphones these days come with chargers that become USB cables that detach from the plug. Make sure your laptop has battery power or that your power bank is fully charged.
2. Alternative light
If you do not want to use candles as a light source, make sure you invest in solar powered, battery power LED lights or even Christmas lights. You can find them at virtually any market and they come in very handy when you need a safe and reliable light source during a power outage.
3. Keep cool even if there is no power
There are a few ways to keep cool during a power outage. You take a cool bath and read your favorite novel. You could also go for a swim if you have a pool or visit friends who have one. If those are not viable options, try visiting a public pool near you. You could also sit under a tree outside and enjoy a cold beverage during the day. A battery operated fan is also a great source of cool air and doesn’t require any electricity.
4. Store food in a cooler bag
Although load shedding is not meant to last for too long in a day, sometimes food in your fridge can be spoiled in just a few hours when there’s no power. The best method is to take a cooler bag or bucket and put some ice in it to store the items you need to keep cold or frozen. You may also use your sink or bath and fill it with ice. Limit the times you open and close your freezer so that your food supplies can remain frozen.
5. Go electric
When there’s no power, one realizes how important it is to have battery operated electrical devices. For heating appliances, alarm systems, garage doors, and electric gates, a backup-up power source that is battery operated could do you a world of good.
6. Get a power surge protector
These devices will help protect your electrical equipment from surges – when the supply voltage fluctuates. Multi-plugs that let you plug multiple components into one power outlet will do the trick.
7. Go back to 1995
When there’s a power outage, it’s a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family doing outdoor activities like a picnic, braai or even playing board games. This could be a great time to connect with no gadgets or TVs in sight.