Regular load shedding has become a concern for all South Africans, particularly in winter, but there are ways to make our lives a little easier.
While constant disruptions can have a wide range of effects on our lives, there are a variety of options available to you, other than relying on the grid, which can help you handle the \’new normal\’.
Though it offers real benefits, solar systems can be costly to install and batteries need to be replaced between every five (5) and 15 years.
If it is affordable to you, however, this is a real long-term option to ensure you have the power you need when loadshedding is implemented or electricity outages are experienced due to planned maintenance.
Stocking up on solar-powered devices, such as lights, is another, cheaper way to rely on energy from the sun.
While a full solar system gives you more access to your home, charging solar-powered lights during the day will ensure you can find your way around at night.
This option also requires some costs up front, as well as fuel, but generators are a great way to retain access to key appliances and devices in your home.
The amount of power you can draw from a generator depends on its size, and the bigger it is the more you\’re going to have to fork out for it.
Some generators can also be noisy, and there is the additional concern related to rising petrol and diesel prices, but there are significant benefits to having a generator.
One of the best ways to keep your lights on, you can opt for a fixed or portable generator.
It is also perhaps the most reliable way to keep your food fresh or warm, and to provide heat when you are hit by loadshedding.
An uninterruptible power source (UPS) inverter system contains a battery which provides a back-up power source in your home.
An inverter converts battery power to provide electricity, allowing you to use electrical devices.
Though they can be costly to install, some UPS inverters can run your entire house for a few hours without any downtime when load shedding strikes. According to their size, smaller inverters last between 30 and 60 minutes.
While its uses in your home may be limited, gas is a viable way to keep you going, particularly if you need light, or if you need to cook or boil water.
An alternative option to solar power, electricity and batteries, gas heaters can also help keep you warm.
You will need to purchase gas burners and fuel, and ensure they are stocked when you need them, but the initial setup costs are far less than a solar-powered system, UPS or generator.
Even when your power goes off, there are ways to carry on with your life without relying on electricity.
Candles can be dangerous, but they are a cost-effective way to ensure you have light in the evenings.
Charging power banks and batteries during the day is another great way to ensure you have access to devices and light sources without electricity.
You and your family can also stay entertained by stocking up on books or board games.
So as frustrating as it is, there are multiple options available to us to ensure we are not left stranded when the power goes out.
No matter the choice you make, maintenance will still be key, and if you need help with your alternate power sources, Whizzoh is here for you.
Additionally, our Whizzoh pros can help you connect your generator to your DB boards.
Whether your lights are on or off, we can put you in touch with certified professionals in your area who can assist in emergencies and ensure you have the power you need when you need it.