• General: Switch off lights, unplug appliances, turn the geyser to 60°C and use hot water sparingly.
  • Kettle: A kettle uses the same amount of energy to boil 1 litre of water as a fridge uses in 7 hours! Only boil the water you need at that moment
  • Lights: Energy efficient lighting options are readily available today. LED and CFL light bulbs consume much less electricity than conventional incandescent light bulbs & last 6 to 8 times longer.
  • Heat: Install a Heat Pump, which can potentially cut your water heating costs by up to 67% compared to a regular geyser
  • Stove:  Hot plates retain heat, so turn off the stove before you’ve finished cooking. It won’t affect your food, only your electricity bill
  • Refrigerator: Check the seal on your fridge. A damaged seal can make your fridge consume more electricity due to the cold air escaping
 
These are some of the tips that can be used by office workers:
 
  • Turn off electronics at the end of each workday. Screen savers on computers and standby modes still continue to us up to 70% of normal power consumption at no use.
  • Take advantage of natural sunlight. If your office is set up to receive an ample amount of sunlight, you may be able to turn off lights completely for the majority of your workday
  • Office workers should switch off the lights before leaving their buildings and avoid leaving on air-conditioning overnight.


Home tips on surviving load shedding:

  • Ensure your cellphone is always fully charged, 
  • Ensure you have adequate cash at hand as atm's will not work, 
  • Keep temporary lighting, such as candles and electric torches readily available, 
  • Boil water and keep in hot water flasks for hot drinks for when the power is scheduled to be off, 
  • Prepare meals in advance, 
  • Keep refrigerator doors closed, as a power outage of up to four hours should not cause food spoilage and a freezer should keep frozen food safe for at least a day. It is a good idea to have non-perishable foods available that do not need refrigeration. 
  • Switch off all non-essential appliances - pool pumps, geyser, etc,

It is safer to disconnect any electrical appliances that you were using before power outage to prevent damage when electricity is restored.
 
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