Load Shedding is in full swing at the moment. It will be a fact that South Africans will have to live with & endure. Load Shedding will be here for many years. Load Shedding occurs when demand is greater than capacity to generate electricity. To avoid a total blackout of the power grid Eskom has to implement Load Shedding.
Load Shedding is implemented by switching of the power to certain areas for a certain time. There are several levels of Load Shedding. Load Shedding increases with the severity of the electricity demand & supply.
The following stages of Load Shedding are currently in place
- Stage 1: Generation shortfall of up to 1 000 MW
- Stage 2: Generation shortfall of up to 2 000 MW
- Stage 3: Generation shortfall of up to 4 000 MW
How to reduce the effects of Load Shedding.
Load Shedding is an inconvenience to everybody in South Africa, from people to businesses. Some ways you can work around the effects are
- Plan your schedule around publicized Load Shedding schedules.
- Implement Renewable Energy Sources like Solar Power/Solar Heating or Wind Energy.
- Use a generator (not environmental friendly, but for long periods of Load Shedding a viable but expensive option).
- Start cooking and boiling water on LPG/Gas or a wood fire.
- Have a battery/invert-er backup in place.
How to help Eskom by reducing your electricity consumption
One of the best ways to help Eskom & the rest of South Africa if everybody plays their part in reducing their electricity consumption. There are some quick and easy ways to accomplish this.
- Switch off all equipment/lights which are not needed. (TV’s, Computers, Geysers Etc)
- Increase the temperature of your air-conditioner or switch it off altogether.
- Start preparing meals on a Gas stove or make a braai.
- Change to energy efficient equipment & lights
- Become self sufficient by investing in renewable energy and get of the grid or become grid tied.
In periods like this we South Africans have to stand together to avoid a total blackout of our electricity supply which can take weeks to resolve.