10 Tips and Tricks for Surviving Load Shedding in South Africa

Load shedding, or scheduled power outages, have become the norm in South Africa. From the impact on daily routines to the unpredictable availability of electricity, the constant blackouts can be challenging to live with. Although load shedding has become a reality that South Africans have learned to manage, there is always something new to learn to navigate these trying times. Here are ten items that can make your life much easier during power cuts:

  • Inverters

Investing in an inverter that converts DC power from a battery into conventional AC power can not only keep your Wi-Fi running but also operate your electric lights, kitchen appliances, microwaves, power tools, TVs, radios, computers, and much more. With network connectivity more critical than ever before due to remote working, an inverter has become a necessity for those working from home.

  • Outdoor Lighting

Ensure that you have sufficient outdoor lighting for the evenings. Solar outdoor lamps are ideal. These indirect lamps produce soft, ambient light and feature built-in solar panels that absorb energy from the sun during the day. They can light up your outdoor spaces all evening without needing electricity.

  • Indoor Lighting

When load shedding occurs, ensure that the essential indoor lights are working. While you can light up the house with candles, look out for rechargeable LED lights that have built-in batteries that can be charged when there is electricity. As soon as the electricity goes off, the bulb turns on, providing roughly three hours of illumination.

  • Power Banks
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Power banks are portable phone chargers designed to recharge electronic devices while away from home. These banks come in different sizes, ranging from slim, pocket-sized devices to large, high-capacity banks that charge smartphones, tablets, and other electronic gadgets. There are different types of power banks; choose one that best suits your needs.

  • Rechargeable Fans

A portable rechargeable fan is a must-have for hot weather and essential when load shedding occurs. During this time, these fans can be placed near your bed or work table and charged when electricity is on.

  • Gas Water Heater

Invest in a gas heater, which can heat water to help reduce your daily electricity usage and cost. Gas water heaters have become a popular alternative for many households.

  • Inverters

Investing in an inverter that converts DC power from a battery into conventional AC power can not only keep your Wi-Fi running but also operate your electric lights, kitchen appliances, microwaves, power tools, TVs, radios, computers, and much more. With network connectivity more critical than ever before due to remote working, an inverter has become a necessity for those working from home.

  • Gas Stove or Burner

A gas stove or burner is essential during power outages, especially as these often fall over meal times. A gas stove is worth investing in because it’s a big-ticket item in the kitchen, and there are cheaper versions of a gas cooker available for outside use or on the go.

  • Rechargeable Light and a Flashlight
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A flashlight becomes more crucial during load shedding, and having a few rechargeable lights to use during the evenings is advisable. Invest in rechargeable lights for a long-term solution.

  • UPS and a Backup Battery System

A UPS or an uninterrupted power supply can keep your internet and computer going, while a backup battery system can supply power to lights, a TV, and a security system. UPS’s often have a switch-over mechanism that is immediate as compared to Inverters; these can be more expensive than inverters.

  • Water Tank and Hot Water Flask

Given the water challenges that South Africans face, have a stock of fresh water and a hot water flask ready. At least 10 liters of fresh water is enough, and the hot water flask should be enough to supply several hours of warmth during power cuts.

While there is nothing you can do to prevent load shedding, you can take measures to ensure that you have the right tools to navigate these trying times. Prepare for an extensive period without electricity and invest in practical solutions that will help you maintain your routine during these times.

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