Eskom, however, expects the power system to be constrained during the evening peak period (17:00 – 21:00) mainly as a result of increased electricity demand.
“As we are currently experiencing cold weather conditions across the country, we urge electricity users to consider energy efficient ways of keeping warm.
“In winter the electricity demand peaks in the morning and evening as more electricity is used during these times. We appeal to all our customers to continue to reduce their electricity usage throughout the day but to be aware of the need to save more during the peak periods from 06:00 to 10:00 and 17:00 to 21:00.”
Commercial customers, particularly shopping centres and office blocks, are encouraged to switch off non-essential lights and not leave office equipment such as photocopiers and computers in standby mode after hours.