A few load shedding tips

I never thought I’d say this but load shedding has been a good thing in our little home.

For the first time in ages, we’ve had nothing to do but sit around with each other and really talk.

Suddenly I’m learning so many new things about my kids, their friends … and their enemies too!

But every time the lights go out, I find myself rushing to check that my precious electronics scattered around the house will not be damage by these blackouts and “lightups”.

So far, I’ve had to make two frantic trips to the IT guy because of a hardware malfunction in the family computer.

The problem is not when the lights go out – it’s when they come back on. When the electricity is restored, it is often accompanied by surges in the power grid.

it’s these little surge gremlins that can lead to the malfunctioning of the beloved coffee machine, the computer and (heaven forbid!) the television.

Here are a few tips that I found on fixmylife.co.za:

* The most cost-effective but also most time-consuming step is to manually shut down and remove all electrical equipment from plug sockets.

Personally, the idea of crawling into tight spaces and dark corners to get to those plug point is so unappealing I’d rather let the equipment fry!

* Install surge protectors in your home that block these power surges when the electricity is switched back on. The surge protectors are plugged into the sockets and then the equipment is plugged into the surge protector plug.

It’s definitely a more “civilised”, though more costly, option.

* A highly recommended long term solution is to have a surge protector on your distribution board. This surge protector controls the amount of electricity that is pushed out and ensures that the supply is constant. This will assist in increasing the lifespan of your equipment.

* The most costly solution is to install a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) System. A UPS system is meant to protect those more expensive appliances – computers, televisions, sound systems and so on – by allowing them the time to shut down.

Of course, the solutions you choose would depend on your lifestyle, what you have in your home and what you want to protect.

If you aren’t sure it’s a good idea to get professional advice from an electrician or equipment expert.

Load shedding is going to be here for a while folks.

It’s pointless complaining.

We just have to make the best of it.

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About Meneesha

Online and books editor by day, mum even while I sleep, individual all the time. I live in the beautiful city of Durban - the unpolished gem in South Africa. If I didn't have a family, I'd be that crazy cat lady your mum probably warned you not to feed! Blogging is where I share, vent, rant, laugh and generally be myself. Join the ride!

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