We all seem to be able to adapt to what has become a regular occurrence in South Africa. However, that hot cuppa in the morning or the relaxing Milo before bed should not be a privilege. The best way to ‘survive the load shedding’ in South Africa is to find ways to take care of essential day to day needs without needing electricity for them.

Emergency solar and fluorescent lights, and at least one gas appliance for cooking, are the two most important measures everyone can take with minimal cost. More expensive solar power-supplied, and multiple gas appliance installations can come later.

If we knew just how much load shedding we’ll experience in the future, there’d be easy answers. But we don’t know what’s in store. All we do know, for certain, is that it will carry on. We also know that when we experience load shedding again, we won’t get much, if any, warning. We also won’t know what load shedding stages to expect, or when it will stop, with any degree of reliability, on a day-to-day basis. We have learned the hard way.

Gas Appliances for ‘Survive the Load shedding’:

  • You can go out and get a little portable gas cooker, maybe even feel like you out camping. That should do for coffee and a meal or two, and you can do that right away.
  • If you need to replace an old stove, why not go for a bigger gas stove? Not only is it more energy efficient, cleaner burning than coal, and often better to cook on, but it also means that when ‘the lights go out’, you can still prepare hot meals.
  • Other gas appliances to help you survive load shedding include gas fridges and gas geysers. While solar power is also a great measure to take, gas is cheaper to install in the short-term. You might want to find out which of your appliances can be converted to gas.

Emergency lights, gas appliances and solar power can work together to keep your home running the next time SA is subjected to load shedding. If you in the market to replace an electrical appliance with gas, start with a gas stove.