A step-by-step guide to survive the new round of load shedding:
- Keep track of the load shedding schedule with this handy mobile application. You can choose to monitor several zones. The app can also send you alerts and notifications, so that you can stay up-to-date with schedule changes, stage changes and suspensions.
Think about communication:
- Ensure your cellphone is always fully charged when power is available.
Protect your appliances:
It is important to note that while load shedding is in effect, there is no current running through the wires that power your appliances.
So, when the power comes back on, the surge of electricity won’t cause major damage by frying your cables.
Make sure that your vehicle always has fuel in the tank as most petrol stations are unable to pump fuel during power outages.
Food and Hot drinks:
If you do not have a gas stove, prepare meals before the power is scheduled to be switched off. Boil water in your kettle and keep it in thermos flasks for hot drinks. You can also use an insulating cover on teapots, pots and pans to keep drinks and meals warm.
Try getting a generator:
Often this is the more expensive option, but depending on your needs and your budget, getting a generator may be a good idea. You can get ones that will keep the entire house powered or smaller ones to just keep the fridge running and perhaps the tv on.