Load shedding has increased by 40 percent this year – Seeff Property shares six tips to help make your home more self-reliant which, in turn, will also boost your property value
Load shedding has increased by 40 percent this year, according to data published by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research recently…and it’s probably going to get worse as we’ve seen the bump up to level 4 and 6 which means more frequent and longer periods without electricity.
With little to no hope of load shedding coming to an end any time soon, it is best to be proactive by looking at alternative energy options so that you won’t be left in the dark – and we’re not talking about going totally off the grid here. Seeff Property shares six tips to help make your home more self-reliant which, in turn, will also boost your property value as having a load shedding-ready home will make it that much more desirable to potential, future buyers. Let’s go: .
Tip 1 – Install a battery-driven inverter system. Now, there’s no need to go over the top here. A basic inverter with two, 12-volt deep cycle batteries could provide power for up to four hours for a television, internet and laptop. Wire these to the appliances so they remain on, but never boil a kettle or add a heater to an inverter system.
Tip 2- Invest in a petrol generator as an alternative to an inverter. A minimum of 6.5kVA could provide power for basics such as a television, lights, internet and a laptop, your fridge and other appliances. Generators can power a kettle, microwave and a small heater, but it is best to limit these.
Tip 3 – Fit your lights with rechargeable globes. This could ensure that you have lights during a power outage. Be sure to also fit exterior lights or install solar or battery powered lights to keep your property lit for security purposes.
Tip 4 – Have a battery back-up for your security systems. Power outages are the perfect cover for criminals. It is therefore vital to ensure your gate, garage doors and security system stay on during a power outage.
Tip 5 – Switch to gas for cooking. Now is probably the ideal time to convert to gas for your cooking needs to keep your mealtime schedule on track. A stove top kettle means you can still enjoy your morning coffee even during a power outage.
Tip 6 – Install a solar geyser. Replacing your geyser with a solar powered geyser is relatively easy. One thing that SA has plenty of is sunshine to power solar systems and this way you can ensure there is always hot water, even during a prolonged power outage.