It’s hard to believe that the South African energy crisis lovingly known as loadshedding, started well over a decade ago in 2007. Thabo Mbeki was still president, and loadshedding was said to be implemented because South Africa failed to build new power stations to accommodate rapid economic growth and replace the older ones.
Fast-forward to 2022, and two years into a global health pandemic, loadshedding is in its fifteenth year. And Eskom announced that we were to move to Stage 4 of loadshedding as of 07:20 am on the 19th of April.
Regretfully, Eskom has just been forced to implement Stage 4 loadshedding at 07:20 following Majuba Unit 5 and Tutuka Unit 4 tripping. A full statement will be published in due course.
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) April 19, 2022
It shouldn’t come as a shock by now but every time Eskom announces loadshedding, there’s a panic because we can’t escape the inconvenience. And seeing that we’re heading towards colder months, it’s bound to get more difficult to limit electricity consumption, so we should prepare for more load-shedding this winter.
If you haven’t gotten your loadshedding routine on lock yet, we have a few tips that you can implement to make loadshedding less of a hassle for you.
5 Tips to Beat the Loadshedding Blues
Invest in a UPS
An Uninterruptible Power Supply provides backup power when your main energy source drops. The UPS is perfect to use for your electronic gadgets like routers, screens, computers and more. It automatically kicks in when the power drops and allows you to safely shut down your computer and other gadgets. It also regulates the voltage when the power comes back on.
If you work from home or enjoy watching things or gaming, then a UPS is a good investment because you can keep your electronics on during power outages.
Switch to gas
If you’re still using electricity for cooking and keeping warm, consider switching to gas. Loadshedding schedules are unpredictable and can change at any time, if you have a family it is not always feasible to order in when loadshedding happens around mealtime. Having a small gas stove will save you a lot of money and stress in the long run. Using a gas heater is also a good idea; you save electricity, and you don’t depend on the power to keep warm.
Get battery operated lights
Every household should have a few battery-operated lights. Loadshedding also affects street lights in most areas, so your house is more likely to experience more darkness when there’s loadshedding. Invest in battery-operated lights to bring some light to your home.
Know your schedule
Knowing your area schedule is crucial. Download a trusted loadshedding schedule app like Eskom Se Push. Select your area and allow push notifications to stay abreast of all the changes in loadshedding stages.
Knowing your schedule allows you to plan ahead. It allows you to plan mealtimes, prioritise your workload and charge all your devices before loadshedding starts in your area. Check your loadshedding app frequently and follow Eskom’s official Twitter account for up-to-the-minute updates.
Loadshedding has certainly made South Africa an interesting country to live in. And we can sit and point fingers all day, but after 15 years of having to take turns using electricity, it’s time we take the initiative to make loadshedding a bit more bearable for ourselves and our loved ones