There is nothing worse than putting a load of washing on or a chicken in the oven and then the power goes off. Or is there? The devastating fires this week are a sobering reminder that there are far greater problems that the niggling irritations we are prone to complain about.
However, here are 5 proactive ways to beat load-shedding blues:
- Be prepared. Sign up for alerts via Sharenet – you will get a daily email with load shedding scheduled for your area, as well as an SMS reminder 15 minutes prior to the power going off. Unplug electronics and make sure your torches, candles or solar lamps are close at hand.
- Invest in portable chargers such as a Powerstick+ and remember to keep them fully charged so that you can use them when you need them.
- Plan to braai or have a wholesome salad on evenings that you are likely to have load shedding. Take some time out and enjoy spending time with friends or family over a bottle of wine or game of cards.
- Support local. Lots of restaurants and cafes stay open and serve limited menus during load shedding – so if you don’t feel like shopping and cooking then stroll down to an old favourite or try somewhere new. Have a look at our business directories for ideas on where to go – Green Point and Oranje-Kloof
- From a security point of view, keep doors locked at all times. Remember to release automatic electric garage door mechanisms and security gates before load shedding starts, so you can still gain access to your property. Remember to keep a torch close by to avoid injuries in the dark. Please also be extra careful when walking to and from your car or home – keep valuables out of site and ask one of our patrol team to walk with you if you are nervous. GPCID Patrol Vehicle: 082 214 3228; OKCID Patrol Vehicle: 082 217 1386.