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.
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.