Switch off now to reduce impact on load-shedding today

The City of Cape Town advises residents to switch off energy-hungry appliances now to reduce the impact of load-shedding today. The City is able to generate additional energy because of its Steenbras Hydroelectric Power Scheme to support City-supply customers, but if demand increases, the City can only assist at Stage 1. Eskom is indicating that it is experiencing a system emergency. Be energy-wise now. Read more below:

Yesterday, 1 December 2018, Stage 2 load-shedding was avoided in City-supply areas because customers reduced the demand on the network.

This will help again today considering the announcement by Eskom of a system emergency.

Residents can start by doing the following:

Switch off those appliances that you don’t need

Delay switching on lights and appliances until after the peak periods (between 17:00 and 21:00) whenever possible

Switch off your pool pump, geyser and other large electrical equipment, and never run both at the same time

Adjust air conditioners to 23 degrees Celsius if you need to use them

Visit www.SavingElectricity.org.za for more tips to save electricity and follow load-shedding developments on www.capetown.gov.za/loadshedding

Although a load-shedding announcement is typically made with very short notice, simple interventions can mean the difference between keeping the lights on across the whole city and being shed as per the schedule.

The City appeals to residents to use energy wisely and to be aware of what can be done to reduce the load on the grid.

Important tips:

Communication: Ensure that your cell phone, laptop, tablet and radio are always fully charged when power is available. This will allow you to be able to communicate with friends and family during load-shedding

Transport: Make sure that your vehicle always has fuel in the tank as most petrol stations are unable to pump fuel during power outages.

Cash: Keep some cash on you as ATMs cannot operate without electricity

Security and safety: Backup batteries for electrically operated gates, garage doors and security systems should be kept in a good working condition and be able to last through periods of load-shedding. Store temporary lighting such as battery-powered torches, gas lamps and candles in places where they will be easy to find in the dark

Eating: If you do not have a gas stove, prepare meals before the power is scheduled to be switched off. Boil water in your kettle and keep it in thermos flasks for hot drinks. You can also use an insulating cover on teapots, pots and pans to keep drinks and meals warm

Most medication requiring refrigeration can be kept in a closed fridge for several hours without spoiling but you should check with your doctor or pharmacist if in doubt

Residents and businesses are encouraged to visit the City’s electricity saving page www.savingelectricity.org.za for a wealth of useful information to help reduce dependence on electricity, reduce the threat of load-shedding, and to save money.

Source: City of Cape Town

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