Stage 2 load shedding will “regretfully” be implemented from 17:00 until 22:00 on Monday evening – this is a statement we hear regularly from Eskom. Colder weather usually comes with an increase in demand as South Africans try to keep warm, and this makes it hard for Eskom to keep the lights on. We asked the experts to share some of their load shedding solutions.
1. Built-in battery backup
A battery backup solution is a great product to install to counter load shedding. The system consists of an inverter and battery pack to provide power when the lights go out. The system is completely automatic and can be installed in a number of locations.
2. Solar power
Reduce your dependence on the grid with a full or partial solar solution. Depending on your energy needs and whether you want a system that is completely off-grid or grid-tied.
If you don’t have the budget to get solar or battery backup, consider gas. You could switch your fireplace out with a gas one. You can get some gas lamps at Leroy Merlin. And why not switch out your electric stove for a gas one so you can still cook and boil water for coffee!