Here at Screwit we often get asked about Loadshedding, generators for sale and how to choose the right generator?
See this guide which Eskom published a while back titled “Selecting the right type of generator”. The guide provides a basic guideline on which generator for sale to buy and how to connect the generator to your home.
We’ve also reviewed and offered a second opinion provided by Adendorff . This should come in handy the next time you are hit with loadshedding. Especially when you decide to search generators for sale or how to choose the right generator.
Make a Checklist
According to Adendorff, the first thing which needs to be done, you need to make a check list. The check list needs to detail all the electrical devices in your house and which you want to run when loadshedding hits. Once you’ve made your list, you need to decide which devices and appliance are important to you and which you will need to run when load loadshedding hits.
In most household, people rank their devices and appliances in the following areas of priority
- Living Area
Note: Appliance such as heaters, underfloor heating, tumble dryers and kettles draw more energy than most.
How to Calculate your power consumption
Once you know which devices and appliance you will be needing. Then you will need to identify how much power each appliance draws and calculate the total consumption. We’ve also included a link to City Power’s online calculator, which will help to calculate which appliances use how much electricity.
Once you have a sum of the total power required for your home or business, you will have the information needed to make the decision on a backup power generator for sale.
Best practice when searching generators for sale
Make sure your backup source is capable of providing 15 percent more power than your average usage. The reason for over compensating in your calculation. There are certain appliances, such as fridges which require a higher amount of power when initially switched. Normally this is only for a few seconds. In other words when you switch everything back on or loadshedding is over, your household will draw approximately 15 percent more power for about 5 seconds.
Generally the generators are manufactured to handle a brief surge of power, but only for a few seconds. If you keep to the manufacturers specifications, you will never overload the generator.
If you are looking for a generator or looking at generators for sale, speak to one of our trademen listed on screwit for more information or advice.
Article source courtesy of www.citypower.co.za, www.adendorff.co.za, www.eskom.co.za