Load shedding is still a stark reality in South Africa that affects homeowners and businesses.
Apart from downloading apps to see when your specific area will be affected by the power giant, follow our other tips on how you can minimise some of the other pains that come from your power being off for a few hours:
1. Switch appliances off at the wall
Guard your appliances from electrical surges when the power comes back on by switching off the plugs directly at the wall or unplugging completely.
2. Emergency keys for electrical gates
Ensure you know where your manual override keys are for electric gates and garage doors so that you do not get locked out of your home. Nothing is worse than being stuck outside for several hours at night.
3. Candles, torches, books and games
Candles, torches, books and board games will become your best friends during literal dark times. Remember to check the batteries on torches and be sure to blow out all candles before going to bed.
4. Sandwiches and salads
Making food that don’t require reheating or cooking of ingredients will save you the frustration of not being able to make dinner when the entire family is hungry during a blackout. It will also save you money on not buying take out dinners. A flask of boiling water is also a good item to keep on hand to ensure you can still enjoy a few warm beverages.
5. Pre-charge your electronic devices
As cell phones are a modern-day essential and our entire lives are on our devices, make sure you pre-charge your phone before a power outage. While the electricity is out, resist the urge to be on your phone as this will drain the battery and could leave you in a predicament the following day.
Do you have any other tips? Share them with us in the comments!