Eskom has implemented stage 1 load shedding

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Picture: Thinkstock

Eskom has implemented stage 1 load shedding from 09:35 today, which is likely to continue until 22:00 this evening.

According to the parastatal, this is due to increased electricity demand due to the cold front that is currently sweeping through the country and a shortage of generation capacity resulting from technical faults at some of our units.

“Eskom would like to assure customers that load shedding is implemented as a necessary measure to protect the power system and to ensure that maintenance is carried out in order to guarantee that our supply of electricity can be maintained in the long term.”

According to Eskom, in Winter the electricity demand peaks in the morning and evening as more electricity is used during these times.

Eskom asks electricity users to help usage by

  • Using electric heaters that are controlled by thermostats
  • Electric blankets are the cheapest way of warming the bed but don’t keep them on throughout the night. Turn your electric blanket on for an hour or two just before bedtime to heat it up and switch it off
  • Only heat rooms that you and your family are going to use
  • Insulate ceilings and make sure that there are no gaps that let cold air into your house to improve the efficiency of your heater.

Other ways of reducing electricity demand include:

  • Never leaving appliances such as TVs, computers and entertainment systems on standby mode. Remaining on standby mode, these appliances still use up to 15% of the electricity that they would normally use
  • Switching off lights in unoccupied rooms and replacing incandescent light bulbs with energy saving compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or light emitting diodes (LEDs)
  • Taking a shower instead of taking a bath (a shower uses a lot less water than a bath) – also consider installing an energy- and water-efficient shower head.
  • Also remember to unplug cellphone chargers and other chargers when your device is fully charged.
  • Cover you pool and reduce you pool pump filtering to one cycle per day during winter



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