While the whole country is wrapped in the darkness of the latest load shedding, Eskom has asked consumers to assist in reducing their electricity consumption by at least 10% between 08:00 and 22:00 daily.
Overstrand Municipality appeals to visitors and residents to conserve electricity as best they can over the coming festive season.
How do I manage my electricity usage at home?
All electricity consumers play a crucial role in achieving energy efficiency in South Africa.
By looking closely at how you use electricity, taking steps to save power where you can and by controlling the use of your appliances, it is actually quite easy to conserve energy, saving you money at the same time.
Below are some saving tips that could help you:
- If you’re not using an appliance, switch it off.
- A geyser uses 39% of all household electricity; switch it off to save electricity and money.
- Insulate geysers and water pipes as this will help the water to stay hot for longer. Reduce the maximum temperature setting for your geyser/ thermostat, to 60ºC and instead of a long bath rather shower, as showers use less water and energy. Energy and water-saving shower heads use less water and electricity.
- Use energy saving globes (CFLs) instead of incandescent bulbs.
- Don’t leave TVs, DVD players and other electrical equipment in stand-by mode – rather switch them off completely.
- The same can be said for plug points and adaptors that hold cell phone chargers or bed side bulbs.
- To save money in your kitchen close fridge doors as quickly as possible when taking items out – do not leave the door open for longer than necessary.
- Keep room temperatures between 18ºC and 23ºC and wear warm clothes or use hot water bottles and avoid using heaters.
By working together, we can lighten the load on our national grid and at the same time reduce the probability of load shedding.
Stay updated on Eskom load shedding:
Loadshedding is implemented by Eskom and not by Overstrand Municipality. Overstrand Municipality is also entirely dependent on Eskom informing us of load shedding.
The Load Shedding status can change at any time.
We urge residents to frequently visit the Eskom website: http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za/
STEP 1. Determine the stage of load shedding
STEP 2. Download the Overstrand area’s Eskom Load Shedding Schedule for 2018 to determine the times/s that your area will be affected