Being prepared is the best option when wanting to have a less fussy time with load shedding. Prevent the inevitable toe stub or your ice cream melting with these ten practical hacks to make it through the next time load shedding hits.
Make sure you have a schedule
Having an up-to-date load shedding schedule is super important so that you can prepare for when the power will be off.
Save or put up the planned outage times somewhere that’s visible, like on your phone, or your shared family calendar.
We also really like the Eskomsepush app, which allows to search for a schedule and set reminders of when the power will be off.
Know your other schedules, too
Get to know other areas around you that will also be experiencing load shedding. It would be super helpful if you knew the schedule of anywhere you or your loved ones regularly spend time – like your office, the gym or your children’s schools. Check the schedules of the areas you drive through on the way to work so that you can avoid traffic.
Always have a source of light
Having some form of light make sitting in the darkness far more bearable. Have battery or solar-powered lamps throughout your house, ready for use when you are suddenly plunged into darkness. Make sure you have these charged when your power does come back on.
If you are using candles, they should always be on a stable surface and out of the way of a draught. Make sure to blow a candle out if leaving the room where it has been lit.
Host a braai by candlelight
We are a country that loves a social occasion. Don’t let load shedding get you down, instead invite some friends over for a fun time. Light that braai and let the good times roll.
Keep hot water nearby
Storing boiled water in a flask ensures you can still have a cup of tea or coffee.
Cut down on trips to the fridge
To keep your food cold, do not open the refrigerator and freezer doors unnecessarily. Take out what you need quickly, then close the doors and keep them closed. A refrigerator will keep food cold for four to six hours if the door is kept closed.
Make safety a priority
Those with criminal intent probably know the implications of load shedding. Alarms not working, the front gate runs out of battery, and you don’t have lights shining to show that you’re home.
Ask your security company, if you have one, to meet you on arrival and make sure you secure all your doors and windows. If you have dogs, make sure that they are patrolling and visible during scheduled load shedding times.
Charge, charge, charge
Where possible, charge your devices, especially your cell phone and power bank, fully while you still have power. Charge your device while you are driving using a car charger.
Use it as a time to unwind
Our day-to-day lives are at most times hectic and difficult to keep up with. It’s only when our usual rhythm is disrupted that we actually take a step back and assess how we have been doing. Don’t let load shedding add to your stress. But instead, let it help you unwind and be without your phone, or tv or your laptop to work on.
Spend some time with family and make quality memories.
Try to top up before the power goes
Some larger petrol stations do have generators, many won’t, and this could pose a problem if you were running low on petrol.
This is because petrol pumps need electricity to operate. To avoid this, try to keep your tank on half full at all times.