LOAD SHEDDING schedule now available

2015-06-03 06:01
See the Stanger Weeklyand#039;s Facebook page for a load shedding schedule released by the KwaDukuza Municipality.
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See the Stanger Weeklyand#039;s Facebook page for a load shedding schedule released by the KwaDukuza Municipality. Photo: sourced

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THE KwaDukuza Municipality has released a load-shedding schedule which can be found on Stanger Weekly­’s Facebook page.

The schedule comes at a time when the demand for, and the usage of, electricity is set to increase due to South Africans trying to keep warm in winter.

The municipality said the schedule would apply every month and in months with only 30 days, residents must overlook the 31 on the schedule.

Furthermore, residents need to note that should Eskom declare emergency load shedding for that day, irrespective of the load-shedding stage, your area would be load shed for an hour any time between the period 5pm and 10pm.

On Sunday, Fin24 published the following tips provided by Eskom to help residents save up to 10% on electricity bills:

Hot water

- Turn down the thermostat on your electrical element geyser to 60°C.

- Don’t use hot water for tasks you can accomplish with cold water - such as rinsing dishes and vegetables.

- Only use hot water for cleaning tasks that really need it, like washing your hands.

Fridge-freezer

- Set your fridge to 3°C – any lower and it will use more electricity than necessary.

- Make sure the seals of your fridge and freezer doors are intact.

- Don’t open the door unnecessarily.

- Place your fridge somewhere cool - away from sun-facing walls and windows, and as far as possible from the stove.

- Defrost your chest freezer twice a year - upright freezers should be defrosted three times a year.

- Don’t overfill fridge or freezer - only use 90% of its capacity.

Living rooms and bedrooms

- Always switch off lights in unoccupied rooms.

- Unplug all appliances you are not using.

- Don’t leave computers, TVs and DVD players on standby – if you do, these appliances use up to 50% of the power they normally use.

- Keep curtains and blinds open during the day to optimise natural light and postpone switching on artificial lighting until it gets dark

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